Who we are

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Patricia Perez, Music Therapist, Executive Director, Founder

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese.


Perez graduated with the first generation of music therapists from Berklee College of Music in 1999. She has worked advocating for the development of music therapy in America and the world for over 20 years. She is the Founder of several organizations and music therapy centers in America, and works in Panama and Chile with Community, Medical, and Performance Music Therapy. For more info visit www.patriciazarateperez.com

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Cynthia Pimentel, Music Therapist, Founder

Languages: English and Spanish.


Cynthia is a dedicated child advocate and passionate board certified music therapist. She holds a BA in Music Therapy and Professional Music from Berklee college of Music and a Masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience advocating for multicultural music therapy and music as an avenue for social justice as a lecturer for professional conferences. Cynthia specializes in the use of music therapy in early childhood , children with special needs,  immigrant families, and children and families with extensive medical needs.  She currently holds a position as program coordinator and Music therapist for newly arrived children and families at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is bilingual, fluent in Spanish, and has a family centered approach to her services.

Advisory Board

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Dr. Colin Lee

Colin Andrew Lee (PhD, MTA) is Professor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received a PhD from City University, London in 1992. He earned a Postgraduate Diploma in music therapy from the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center, London, England (1984). He has extensive clinical and supervisory experience and has specialized in the areas of HIV/AIDS and cancer care. His books include: The Architecture of Aesthetic Music Therapy (2003), (Lee & Houde) Improvising in Styles: A Workbook for Music Therapists (2011), Paul Nordoff: Composer and Music Therapist (2014), (Lee & Pun) Song Resources for Music Therapists (2015) and (Lee, Pun & Berends) Composition and Improvisation Resources for Music Therapists (2015), and Music at the Edge: The Music Therapy Experiences of a Musician with AIDS (2016, Routledge) originally published in 1996.

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Karen Wacks

Karen Wacks is a Pianist and French horn player. She is the Clinical training coordinator for the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music (internship and practicum placements). She is also the Cochair, Faculty Coalition for Music and Activism. She is a Board-certified music therapist, Licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts, Former president of the New England Region, American Music Therapy Association. She is also the Cofounder of the Massachusetts Music Therapy Alliance

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Dr. Violeta Diaz

Neurologist with over 40 years of experience in medicine in Chile and the world, Dr. Violeta Diaz has worked at the University of Chile since 1974 and at the Clínica Alemana de Santiago. Her research in neurology has been presented all over the world. She has worked as a Thesis Director, and created and implemented Clinical Epidemiology programs in the Hospital of the University of Chile. She has also directed the Neurology and Neurosurgery Society of Chile, the Department of Neurology of the University of Chile, and published hundreds of academic articles in Chile and the world about the latest neurological research in Chile.

Are you a bilingual Certified Music Therapist?

We are looking for Certified Music Therapists that speak English and any other language in order to serve a diverse pool of clients. All languages and ethnic backgrounds accepted. If interested fill out THIS FORM and we will contact you to schedule an interview. 

Volunteers who are interested in working with us can also fill out THIS FORM