In early April, Dr. Suzanne Sorel, DA, MT-BC, LCAT, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist, Associate Dean & Director of Graduate Music Therapy at Molloy College, reached out offering pro-bono tele-music therapy services. She was inspired to do this after reading the New York Times article that included an interview with Bob McGuire, CP Nassau Executive Director and details about how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting CP Bayville.

Dr. Sorel began her music therapy career at UCP Adult Day Treatment (1987-1990) and has always felt a deep connection to the Agency and our participants. Her colleague, Dr. Seung-A Kim (currently Director of Undergraduate Music Therapy at Molloy) also worked at CP Nassau from 1997-2002 and looks back on her time at the agency with affection.

Dr. Sorel was offering to recruit graduate students from Molloy College to provide this service on the Life Options Virtual Classes as well as some private sessions. Dr. Sorel brought on board Lillie Klein, Board-Certified Music Therapist to coordinate the services with the graduate students.

We started with one day a week of Music Therapy on the Life Options Virtual Classes with two Music Therapists. It has since grown to five days a week sessions on Life Options Virtual Classes with many more Music Therapists. The Life Options Teachers and participants alike shared that the Music Therapy classes are a big success. The Therapists are warm, affable and really listen to participant’s feedback and questions. The Music Therapists invited one of our own talented teachers, Tom O’Connor, to participate as a performer. According to Tom, “there is nothing like a live performance and all the Music Therapists are enthusiastic and terrific.”

NOW THAT IS TRULY MUSIC TO OUR EARS! We are so grateful to Dr. Sorel and the grad students in Music Therapy and to Molloy College for this amazing sharing of time and talent!