Meet The Therapists

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

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

    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.

 

Christina Lee, MA, MT-BC

Education/Training

Christina graduated from SUNY Purchase with a bachelor’s degree in Music and Liberal Studies and received her master’s degree in Music Therapy from New York University. She is currently completing her PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University.   

Experience

Christina worked for 8 years as the Therapeutic Creative Arts Supervisor at The New Jewish Home which serves the older adult population in the Bronx. She currently works as a music therapist at various sites throughout New York and New Jersey. A specialty of Christina's focus is work with children on the autism spectrum and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance. In addition to practicing music therapy, Christina is a singer who has toured all over Asia and the United States. She was recently a part of a VICE Investigates Documentary called K-pop Machine (on Hulu).

 

Sarah Ward, MT-BC
Public Relations

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.

 

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