About Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy PLLC

Research shows that music has the power to transform our lives through
rewiring our brains, helping us learn to regulate our minds, bodies and feelings 
and building meaningful relationships
Since 1993, Jeffrey Friedberg MT-BC, LCAT has been providing music therapy to children, teens and adults with a wide variety of skills, challenges and abilities. He has worked in hospitals, outpatient treatment centers and schools. In 2013, he opened Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy in Nyack, NY. His goal was to create a center where people could build skills and improve their lives through music.
The response in the community was tremendous. Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy currently has 3 full time music therapists and 2 part time theater staff, a vibrant musical theater program, a performing rock band, 3 choruses, and a wide variety of arts based programing including podcasting class, improv class and more!
At Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy, we combine the science of brain research with the playfulness of the creative arts to help children, teens and adults build skills and improve their lives. Please contact us to find out more about our programs.

  • We serve all including those with Autism, ADHD, social-behavioral challenges, depression, anxiety, developmental delays and disabilities, brain injury,  Alzheimer's and dementia, and grief and loss and more

  • Learn to play a musical instrument, regain communication skills after a brain injury through singing, build social skills through being in a band, improve your mood and decrease social isolation through singing in a chorus, build focus and attention skills through participating in a musical theater class and more

  • Individual and group classes

  • Children, teens and adults

  • All skills, abilities and challenges welcome

  • State-of-the-art studio in Nyack PLUS in-home, virtual and off-site 

  • Over 25 years experience 


Owner/Music Therapist:
Alan "Jeffrey" Friedberg MT-BC, LCAT​
Jeffrey is a board-certified music therapist and a NY State licensed creative arts therapist. He created Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy since in 2013 to help children, teens and adults use music to build important life skills and have meaningful experiences. For 25 years he has provided music therapy to children, teens and adults in schools, hospitals and day programs. He also runs the Parents' Choice Award-winning children band, The Bossy Frog Band. He graduated from NYU with an MA in music therapy. 
Music Therapist:
Molly Gorman MT-BC, PLCAT
Molly is a board-certified music therapist and a provisional NY State licensed creative arts therapist. She has worked at Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy for 3 years providing individual and group music therapy and lessons as well as being onsite supervisor for the Musical Theater Program. She a background in Broadway music, both vocally and piano, and play guitar as well as several other instruments. She graduated from NYU with an MA in music therapy.
Music Teacher:
Dave Reiss
Dave is a professional musician, educator, sound engineer and entrepreneur. Dave has taught private music lessons and group lessons in NY and NJ since 2006, and has helped many students of all ages and skill levels to achieve their musical goals. Dave teaches beginner through expert guitar, bass, and music theory lessons. He also teaches beginner piano and drums, and can teach all levels of performers to play cohesively together or to improve their existing band. He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Musical Theater Program:
Terese Giammarco
Terese has worked at Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy as Director in the musical theater program since 2018. She has worked in The Bossy Frog Band with Jeffrey Friedberg for over 10 years. She has over 20 years experience as an educator, currently working with individuals with special needs and their families as a curriculum assistant at the Manitou School in Cold spring New York. She is also a long time veteran of the theater and film industry.  Her son, a young adult with Autism, is the inspiration for combining her background in both areas and joining the team here at Music for Life C.A.T. Terese is passionate about creating more opportunities for people with disabilities through creative expression in this wonderfully, integrated environment that is open to all. 
Acting Coach/Musical Theater Program:
Rick Apicella
Rick is an award winning actor from Pearl River, NY and has been performing on stage and television in and around NYC for the past fifteen years. He has worked as acting coach in Music For Life Creative Arts Therapy's Musical Theater Program since 2018. As a playwright, some of Rick’s recent plays include Something in the Way (2020), produced by Bristol Valley Theater via Broadway On Demand, The Legend (2018), which was COMMENDED by the BBC and produced at the Westchester Collaborative Theater in Ossining, NY and The Prodigy (2017)produced at the Studio Theater on Theater Row, NYC. Also, Rick has been a proud member of The Bossy Frog Band since 2014 and proud father to his five year old son, Richie.

Main office: 117 Depew Ave

Nyack NY 10960


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