Faculty members

Music Therapists & Instructors

To read Ms. Kana and Mr.Sasha’s (Directors) biography, please click here. 

Barbara Lippman, M.S., MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who has worked extensively with young children and adolescents with special needs in group and individual settings. Barbara acknowledges that each child is a unique individual with strengths, needs, likes, and dislikes. By utilizing a person-centered, humanistic approach, Barbara meets each child in the moment and tailors her music therapy interventions to his/her unique qualities. She utilizes improvisational techniques as well as her own collection of highly creative original songs to address strengths and needs in sensory, social, emotional, communication, cognitive, and motor domains. She is excited to be working with the children at Hug Music.

Education:

  • Master’s in Music Therapy from Molloy College, NY
  • Bachelor’s in Music Therapy and Minor in Psychology
    from Nazareth College, NY

License: Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC)

Classes Ms.Barbara is offering at Hug Music: Music Therapy, Voice Lesson (all levels), Piano lesson (beginning-intermediate level), Hug Melody Solo & Duo Social Skills Music Therapy Groups


A classically trained pianist from Las Vegas, Nevada, Marion Kaiser, MT-BC moved to New York to pursue a career in Music Therapy. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Molloy College and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Marion has many years of experience teaching piano to children and adults of all ages, both in Las Vegas and in New York City. In addition, she also had worked at the Child Development Center in Harlem, where she led individual and group music sessions with children with special needs. Her philosophy involves humanistic and developmental approaches to music therapy because she believes that, with a supportive, safe, and personalized environment, every child has the potential to learn and benefit from music. Music can be transformative and can provide many opportunities for children to grow and express themselves. Marion strongly aligns with the philosophy at Hug Music and is more than excited to work with all of its students and assist in furthering their development and progress.

Education:

  • Master’s in Music Therapy from Molloy College, NY
  • Bachelor’s in Music Education from University of Nevada, LV

License: Music Therapist Board Certified (MT-BC)

Classes Ms.Marion is offering at Hug Music: Music Therapy, Piano Lesson (all levels), Voice lesson (beginning – intermediate), Hug Melody Solo & Duo


Ms.Hannah Bae, MS, NRMT( Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist) has a BM music composition, and a MA degree in Music Therapy. She have been teaching piano for 20 years, volunteering in the community, and have experience working with children of all backgrounds including those with special needs as a music therapist. She has completed Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy training and utilizes many different approaches musically and relationally to help children improve self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-actualization. She believes these help children improve skills in other areas such as socially, and academically.

“The power of music works in various ways to each individual. The music my students and I create in sessions is a symbolic expression of body, mind, and soul. I am so excited to make music with children at Hug Music, and contribute to make a difference in their lives through the power of music!” -Ms.Hannah

Read the article Ms.Hannah was featured.

Education:

  • Master’s in Music Therapy from Molloy College, NY
  • Bachelor’s in Composition

License: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapist (NRMT)

Classes Ms.Hannah is offering at Hug Music: Music Therapy, Piano Lesson (all levels), Hug Melody Solo & Duo


A Boston native, Sophie Kohn, is a board-certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) who holds a BFA in Piano Performance from Tulane University and a postgraduate equivalency in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music. She has been trained in classical piano. In addition, she also plays the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harp. She is enthusiastic about learning new genres and new instruments, as well as writing and performing original songs.

Sophie has several years of experience both as a music therapist and music teacher. She has taught private piano lessons and small group music classes. As a music therapist, she has worked with children with special needs in school settings as well as in private clinical settings. Sophie is passionate about using music to help her clients communicate, self-advocate, and express themselves. She believes that music is one of the most powerful mediums through which an individual can grow, and has a client-centered and music-centered approach to therapy. She loves working with children and being able to watch them develop and achieve their goals, both inside and outside of the music setting.

Education:

  • Postgraduate equivalency in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music, Boston MA.
  • BFA in Piano Performance from Tulane University

License: Music Therapist Board-certified (MT-BC)

Classes Ms.Sophie is offering at Hug Music: Music Therapy, Piano Lesson (all levels), Voice lesson (beginning – intermediate), Hug Melody Solo & Duo