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Meet the Music Therapists

 

Ian C. Vereen NMT, MT-BC
Owner and Director of Music Therapy Services

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Ian Vereen is the founder of Vereen Music, LLC formerly VereenMusic Lessons. He received his music therapy degree at Montclair State University where he is currently completing his masters in music.
He is a certified Neurologic Music Therapist and Board Certified Music Therapist. Ian specializes in early childhood development, neurodevelopmental and neurologic disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and speech and communication based disorders. Ian is also a music therapist at NeurAbilities Healthcare, and Young Children's Center for the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

 

Lea Pero, MT-BC

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    Lea Pero, Board Certified Music Therapist, graduated from Montclair State with a  Bachelor’s in music therapy and a minor in Psychology. During her time at Montclair she studied voice primarily with a secondary focus in guitar and piano. Lea has clinical training experience with older adults, adult psychiatric care, and is especially passionate about working with children. She completed her music therapy internship with Music To Grow On in Sacramento, CA where she supported academic goals for children with disabilities using music making and music activities as well as creating sessions geared toward memory recall, movement, discussion, and more with older adults. 

    Lea grew up in Manahawkin, New Jersey where she discovered Music Therapy during her Junior year of high school. She found that music therapy perfectly combined her love for and joy of creating music and her analytic fascination with the workings of the human body and mind. Lea's therapeutic approach encourages the music therapy to move beyond the session to creatively navigate the systems of our world day-to-day. By using resources around and within us, Lea hopes to use music therapy to help empower others.

 

Angela Gibilisco
Student Music Therapist

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Angela Gibilisco is a rising senior at Montclair State University, studying for her bachelor’s
degree in music therapy. Her primary instrument studied is voice, though she has much
experience with multiple instruments, including though not limited to piano, guitar, and
percussion. She currently holds the Music Director position at Saint Catherine Labourè’s Roman
Catholic Church, the Head Music Director in their summer Vacation Bible School, and has
multiple private lessons students learning a variety of instruments. Angela is most excited to get
to know her co-workers and the students at the English Language Learner’s program this
summer, as well as spending much time with them making and sharing meaningful music
experiences with each other.

 

Dana Shafranek 
Student Music Therapist

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Hello, I'm Dana! I am a percussionist, aspiring music therapist, and lover of ice cream. This fall I will be a college senior majoring in music therapy, and this summer I am thrilled to be working with Vereen Music. I feel so strongly about the intrinsically positive and motivational power that music has in helping people achieve their goals, all while having fun. I'm looking forward to sharing this with the students at these summer camps. Being able to provide these services in person again is so exciting and I cannot wait to start!

 

Sarah Ward, MT-BC
Public Relations

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Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy and Minor in Psychology from Montclair State University. Shocked by the cold New Jersey winters, she fled to southern California to complete her music therapy internship with Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of San Diego. She is now a board-certified music therapist and covers southern California branches for Seasons Hospice, while virtually supporting the music therapists of Vereen Music Therapy through her public relations role.