Meet our Music Therapists!
Adrienne has been making music and creating smiles at the KEYS Program since the Fall of 2018! She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in May of 2008 with a degree in music education concentrating in flute; and graduated from Nazareth College with a Master of Science in Creative Arts Therapy, with a focus on music therapy in 2012. She is a board certified music therapist and licensed creative arts therapist.She has been instrumental in developing and expanding the music program at KEYS, growing its outreach to include introducing new and creative music therapy programming for our KEYS kids, and expanding our outreach in the community to include serving special needs individuals, day programs and nursing homes. Our students, sites and KEYS kids just LOVE making music, creating songs and sharing smiles with Adrienne!
Amanda Maestro-Scherer, MA, MT-BC
Amanda was born and raised in Ithaca, New York and graduated in 2007 from the music therapy program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2014. Amanda has worked in a variety of settings during her career, including pediatric hospitals, hospice care and in schools with children with special needs. Amanda loves working with children, teens and their families, and knows that music is a special way into the heart. She loves playing the guitar, singing and writing songs, and is so excited to make music with the KEYS kids and their families!
Amber is a board certified music therapist with a Master’s Degree from SUNY New Paltz. She has experience working with various populations and their awesomely unique musical tastes! Music has been an integral part of her life from a very early age. While considering options for her future career at the end of high school she found that Music Therapy was the perfect union of her love of music and making a difference in the lives of others. She also shares her love of music through teaching piano, guitar and voice lessons as well as being a part of the Praise and Worship band at her church. Amber’s favorite part about being a Music Therapist is that every day she gets to create joy through music and there is nothing better than that!
Amber Ellis, MS, MT-BC
Christina Stewart, MT-BC
Christina is a newly board-certified music therapist, proudly receiving her certification in January 2020! She grew up in Victor, NY where she sang in her church choir, played piano and violin, and gave piano lessons to the neighborhood kids. After graduating high school she was accepted into Nazareth College's Music Therapy Program, focusing on fulfilling her true life's purpose. She completed her internship at the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, NY and loved every minute of it. While at Hochstein she facilitated music therapy with individuals and groups from toddlers to older adults. She loves being a music therapist because she gets to work with people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds and empowers them through her favorite medium, music. Music has always been an integral part of Christina's life, and being able to find ways to use the creativity and the process of music to help others reach their goals is an incredible blessing in her life. Christina is eager to get creative in this new way of connecting with others and find creative approaches to engage, enhance, and empower!
Hannah is a newly board-certified music therapist, receiving her certification in February 2021! In high school, Hannah sang in several school choirs, was a member of various orchestras including the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra, and performed as a soloist on both piano and cello throughout the CNY area. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance and a minor in music industry. Hannah first pursued a career in music publishing, interning at several music publishing companies in NYC. It was during a subway ride that she realized her true calling was music therapy because it encompassed her desire to be creative, develop therapeutic relationships with others, and help individuals optimize their unique potentials and health using music. Hannah will be graduating from Nazareth College in May with a Master’s of Science in Creative Arts Therapy, with a focus on music therapy. Upon graduation, she will be eligible to apply for her limited Licensed Creative Arts Therapist permit. She recently completed her music therapy internship at the Golisano Children’s Hospital at UR Medicine in Rochester, NY. While at Golisano, she led individual and group music therapy sessions with patients with varying diagnoses on several units, and worked extensively with patients on the Eating Disorder Protocol. Hannah is a Sherrill, NY native and has shared her music with KEYS kids and families as a volunteer for the KEYS Program for several years. She is now living in Syracuse and is excited to create individualized music experiences for all ages and abilities as a music therapist at KEYS!