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.

Julia St. Cyr

Julia St. Cyr studied classical voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she will graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy and Psychology Minor in the Fall of 2018.

Julia began taking voice and piano lessons at a young age, and has received extensive training in classical, musical theatre and jazz genres. In addition to participating in countless festivals and musicals, Julia has sung in community and school choirs, and has experience singing backup for artists who have recorded and performed in the GTA (including The Rolling Stones, Classified, Son Real, Mariana’s Trench, etc).

Julia finds great joy in learning new things, and has self taught herself guitar and ukulele over the years. Having completed her music therapy internship, Julia is eager to share her passion for music with others.

“Bringing people together is what music does best

Naomi Ben-Aharon, BMT, MTA

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 Nicholls, 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”.


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


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


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