Music Therapy Faculty
Rob Collier, DMA
Director of Music
Rob Collier is a composer and performer originally from Louisville, KY. He writes music that is meditative and hypnotic, utilizing repetition and simple compositional processes as a means of development. Recordings of Rob’s compositions have been released on Capstone Records in the United States, and Unlabel, WM Recordings, and Greed Recordings in Europe. He has collaborated with filmmakers, choreographers, visual artists, producers, and performers in a wide variety of genres. Rob’s music has been choreographed by Alight Dance Theater, the Starr Foster Dance Project, Beth Rodriguez, and the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble. His most recent solo release is 13 Stages on Auralgami Sounds.
Nancy Dexter-Schabow, MMT, MT-BC
Becky Engen, PhD, MT-BC
Director of Graduate Music Therapy
Becky Engen is a music therapist, educator and researcher. Her clinical work has specialized in the treatment of adults, particularly in mental health and long term acute medical settings. She is a regular presenter regionally, nationally, and internationally. Having published in both the Journal of Music Therapy and Music Therapy Perspectives, Becky’s research interests center on the voice, vocal health, and music therapy pedagogy. Her most recent publication is as co-author of the book, Functional Voice Skills for Music Therapists through Barcelona Press.
Lisa Gallagher, ABD, MT-BC
Lisa Gallagher is the Research Program Manager for the Arts & Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She is a board certified music therapist, researcher, author; and she is a frequent presenter at the local, national, and international level. Her clinical work has focused on palliative care, mental health, resilience, and well-being. Lisa is the recipient of the GLR of AMTA Scholarly Activity Award and the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Award.
Leslie Henry, MM, MT-BC
Director of Music Therapy
Leslie joined the college in 2016, bringing a wide variety of clinical experiences from Milwaukee County Behavioral Health, Veteran’s Administration, Seasons Hospice, to St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. She holds a Fellow designation with the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy and is the Co-chair of the Professional Advocacy Committee of the American Music Therapy Association. Leslie teaches Psychology of Music, Geriatric Clinicals, Design and Application of Music Therapy, Creative Music Making, and Internship in our Undergraduate Program and Advocacy Skills for the Music Therapist, and Advanced Practice Skills in our Graduate Program.
Meredith Pizzi, MPA, MT-BC
Meredith has founded and led several music therapy organizations and programs, including Roman Music Therapy Services, Raising Harmony and Sprouting Melodies®, an award-winning early childhood music program with worldwide reach. Regionally and nationally, Meredith is in demand as a keynote speaker, program leader, business coach, and consultant, offering insights on clinical and professional topics that appeal to a wide range of professional and consumer audiences. Meredith’s publications include co-editor of Leading the Way – Music Therapy Businesses of the Future, published by The American Music Therapy Association and Early Childhood Mental Health and Music Therapy: Defining Universal and Preventative Models, Published in Ricerche di Psicologia (2016).
Sarah Richardson, DMA
Sarah Richardson is a Wisconsin native and an active local performer, having worked with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Present Music, Florentine Opera, Bel Canto Chorus, and other ensembles. Recent performance highlights include Queen of the Night (Zie Magic Flute) with Milwaukee Opera Theatre and new works with the Hearing Voices vocal ensemble of Present Music. She also enjoys producing and performing art song concerts.
Embodying and advocating for vocal wellness through holistic voice training is at
the center of her work teaching individual students as well as Vocal Techniques and
Vocal Health courses. She supports students’ goals by incorporating current scientific
voicework, such as the Estill Voice Model, along with other voice embodiment strategies
to aide in unleashing authentic life-long skills.
2019-2020 Guest Presenters
Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT-BC
Presenter, Ethical Mindfulness in 21st Century Music Therapy
Dr. Cheryl Dileo, MT-BC is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Music Therapy Emerita, and Former Director of the Arts and Quality of Life Research Center and PhD Program in Music Therapy at Temple University. She has served as President of the World Federation of Music Therapy and National Association for Music Therapy (U.S.). She is the author/editor of 16 books and over 100 articles and book chapters, including 7 Cochrane reviews. The second edition of her book, Ethical Thinking in Music Therapy is forthcoming in 2020.