Music Therapists

MUSIC THERAPISTS

At Beyond the Studio, we personally meet with and interview the music therapists we work with to ensure they are the best fit for our clients.

Our therapists are friendly, professional, experienced and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Naomi Ben-Aharon, BMT

Naomi completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University and was the President’s Gold Scholarship recipient in all four years of study.  Although she majored in voice, Naomi plays the cello, guitar and piano. She has experience performing in a variety of choirs and ensembles and has worked with clients of all age groups & is a Sing it Girls facilitator. Outside of teaching, Naomi enjoys playing video games, watching documentaries and spending time with family.

Emily Stegweit, BMT, MTA

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program, Emily is passionate about making and sharing music with others. Emily spent her high school years studying voice and performing in musicals at school and in the community. At university, she had the wonderful opportunity to perform in two all-female ensembles – the Maureen Forrester Choir and Audax, a student-run vocal improvisation group, which gave her a great appreciation for both ensemble singing and girl power! Emily’s music therapy experience has spanned to work with people of all ages and abilities, and she looks forward to continuing to promote health and well-being through music, and advocating for music therapy in Canada. She is excited to be working with Beyond the Studio to facilitate Sing it Girls!

Danielle Turvey, BMT. MTA

Danielle Turvey grew up in the small town of Embro, ON, where she began singing and piano lessons at the age of 6. She earned her Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her training continued with a 1000-hour internship in long term care centers and hospice. Upon completion, she moved to Ottawa and opened her own practice as a Music Therapist [Accredited], working with children and in long term care centers. In her free time, Danielle loves spending time with her family and friends, and crocheting. Danielle is excited to offer Sing It Girls! in Ottawa!

Kimiko Suzuki, MTA, MT-BC

Kimiko Suzuki is a Music Therapist Accredited (MTA) in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.  She studied piano, violin, and viola through the Royal Conservatory of Music and has experience teaching for these instruments, but also enjoys playing guitar, singing, percussion, and dancing.  She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014, specializing in music performance.  She received her Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy at Concordia University and became certified by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists in 2016.  Kimiko is currently completing her Master’s in Music Therapy at Concordia, and she is working on writing her thesis, “Developing Music-Centered Music Therapy Interventions Using the Viola”.

Kristen DiMarco BMT, MTA, NMT

Kristen DiMarco is a graduate from the Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied voice. She has additional vocal training in classical, jazz and musical theatre and has participated in numerous music competitions and musicals in the GTA. An avid supporter of group singing, Kristen has been a member of various choirs and vocal jazz ensembles throughout her schooling. While voice has become a passion for Kristen, her interest in music originally began in piano, which she studied from a young age. She also has experience teaching beginner piano and music theory to young children and teens. Her most recent musical endeavors include learning the guitar and ukulele, as well as a newly acquired accordion.

Locations: Milton, Burlington, Oakville

Nancy Leung  BMT, RP, MTA, AVPT

Nancy received her Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and achieved accredited status in 2013. As a Registered Psychotherapist and Vocal Psychotherapist, she is passionate about her work in mental health setting, assisting individuals in coping with depression and anxiety. Nancy completed her internship in multi-ethnic care facilities and is able to practice therapy in English and Cantonese. Nancy has a keen interest in working with clients (of all ages) with communication, language and social barriers.

Nancy has received training in Restorative Care, Neurological Music Therapy, Trauma Counseling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is also the Past President of the Music Therapy Association of Ontario.

Locations: Burlington, Hamilton

Adrianna Crusoe, BMT, MTA

Music has always been Adrianna’s passion. Adrianna began singing lessons at age 6 and continued to follow her love for music by completing her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Wilfrid Laurier University with Voice as her primary instrument. Adrianna was a member of the Hamilton children’s choir for 9 years and participated in community musical theatre productions. In addition to voice, Adrianna plays piano, guitar, ukulele and trained in music theory.  Adrianna loves fitness, reading and drawing in her spare time.

Location: Kitchener, Waterloo, Burlington

Avalon Harris, BMT, MTA

Following her innate passion for music, Avalon Harris began lessons in classical voice at an early age and went on to graduate from the Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University. For many years, Avalon sang in vocal ensembles and individual voice competitions. In addition to studying voice as her major instrument at university, Avalon has nurtured her guitar and piano skills. She has worked extensively with adults, teens, and children in music therapy, recreational, and other settings.  Avalon lives in Port Credit, but is the music therapist for the Halton Region Long-Term Care Facilities. She also enjoys facilitating Sing It Girls! with Beyond the Studio.

Location: Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington

Orley Culverhouse, BMT

Orley Culverhouse is from Sarnia Ontario, and has a passion for people and music. She studied classical and jazz piano at the University of Windsor’s Bachelor of Music Therapy program where she had much performance opportunity through student recitals, the University Singers Choir, the Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble and the Windsor Community Orchestra. She is currently completing a clinical internship for Music Therapy in Burlington, Milton and Hamilton Ontario. Orley has classical voice training, musical theatre and dramatic performance experience, and plays the guitar, ukulele and mandolin. She has experience working children, adults and older adults, as well as with children on the autism spectrum and people affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Location: Windsor

Contact us today to inquire about how our music therapists can help you