Granite State Music Therapy’s mission is to bring exceptional music therapy services, traditional/adaptive music lessons, and early childhood music classes to the New Hampshire region.
We focus on addressing the development and growth of the whole person and use music as our tool to facilitate change. Our board-certified music therapists bring a unique set of skills that helps create meaningful and lasting benefits through musical engagement.
Who do we serve?
We serve individuals of all ages throughout all of New Hampshire as well as Northern Massachusetts.
Currently, GSMT provides direct services to individuals and groups throughout the Windham, Salem, Nashua, Manchester, North Andover (MA), Atkinson, Londonderry, Derry, and Bedford areas. Our team travels to YOU and to your home or facility.
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Meet Elizabeth Ferguson, CEO and Founder of Granite State Music Therapy
Elizabeth knew as a young child that she wanted to combine her passion for music and for helping people. Music Therapy was a clear path for her. Elizabeth attained her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy with a Minor in Child Psychology from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. Upon completion of her degree, she completed a six month internship at Shriner’s Pediatric Burn Hospital in Boston, MA.
In 2010, Elizabeth established Granite State Music Therapy, which provides exceptional music therapy services, traditional & adaptive music lessons, and early childhood music classes to the New Hampshire region.
Elizabeth’s greatest passion is helping her music therapy clients communicate and express their needs, opinions, ideas, and feelings. She believes communication through music allows for more meaningful interactions and relationships.
As CEO and Founder of GSMT, Elizabeth also strives to focus on the development and growth of the whole person and uses music, instruments, vocals, visuals, and sensory materials as the tools to facilitate change.
Elizabeth lives in Windham, NH with her husband, two daughters, son, and border collie, Mollie. She loves spending time with her family, especially while hiking the White Mountains and creating music together. She feels truly blessed in her family life and career.
Meet the GSMT Team
Tara Bickford Bailey returned to her home state of New Hampshire in 2017 after 21 years of living in Arizona. She has a BA in Psychology and Social Work from UNH, and a Bachelor’s of Music Therapy Equivalency from Arizona State University. Tara became a Board Certified Music Therapist in 2016 after a one-year internship at the Upward Foundation in Phoenix, a school for children with multiple and profound disabilities. Most of Tara’s music therapy experience is with children, 18 months to 21 years old, who have special needs.
Tara is married and lives in Strafford where she thoroughly enjoys the 4 seasons while boating, sailing, swimming, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Tricia Caiati is a board certified music therapist and graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She completed her internship at the Danville State Hospital in Danville, PA before moving back to her home state of NH. She enjoys being able to use music to connect with people of all abilities and backgrounds.
Tricia is the CSO for The Tutti Ensemble, a non-profit adaptive band program, and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors. Tricia is ecstatic about helping others each day through music making. Therapeutic goals are always in mind and she often tells others, “I have a fun job!”
Tori Caruso received her Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 2013. She is a New Hampshire native and has been working in New Hampshire and Massachusetts as a Board Certified Music Therapist for 4 years. She specializes in working with children with Special Needs in school settings, but also enjoys working with individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds.
Tori is so happy to be able to work in and serve a place she loves so much. In her free time she enjoys baking, hiking, and cuddling with her cat.
Suzanne Denu is a board-certified music therapist who received her degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 2003. Bringing live musical interactions and experiences to children of ALL abilities is at the core of Ms. Denu’s practice. Suzy developed her therapeutic use of music through her 7 years of experience working with the Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Team at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. There, she honed her skills in successful co-treatment sessions with her fellow Allied Health professionals.
Ms. Denu brought her experience in tailoring musical methods to accompany ongoing therapeutic goals back to New England in 2010, where she has since been working with a Massachusetts Early Intervention agency, providing both group and individual client experiences. Suzy is extremely happy to now partner with GSMT in providing music therapy to clients in her beloved home state of New Hampshire!
As a board certified music therapist, Jordan Elias works to help individuals find their own ability to make positive change by exploring their creative process.
Jordan received his bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied music therapy and psychology. Jordan enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Cacia King is a graduate of Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy, and a Minor in Psychology. She completed her practicum and her clinical internship at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA, where she worked with clients with a diverse set of special needs.
Cacia became interested in music therapy after singing for veterans around New England. She noticed the profound affect it had on veterans and knew that she wanted to pursue music therapy. Cacia grew up on the seacoast of New Hampshire, and also enjoys performing, sewing, and baking in her free time. Cacia is so thrilled to be working in New Hampshire, and feels privileged to be able to enrich others’ lives with music!
Danielle Pilotte is a recent graduate from Anna Maria College where she received her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy. She has worked with many populations including geriatrics and special education! She recently completed her internship at Valley Collaborative working with special education students from kindergarten through high school.
Danielle is a New Hampshire native and grew up right in Manchester! She has been surrounded by music ever since elementary school. Her strong music connection and natural nurturing presence has helped her become who she is today and it can bee seen in her work. Outside of music therapy, Danielle enjoys doing crafts, dancing like no one is watching and spending time outdoors. She cannot wait to enrich the lives of the people of New Hampshire through music!
Kevin Preval has been working with Granite State Music Therapy for over a year. He was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Derry, New Hampshire all of his life. Kevin has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Music Education. His primary musical instrument is the clarinet and he can also play the piano and sing.
Kevin’s passion has always been not only teaching students, but also getting to know them and their families. He has gotten to know so many families during his time at GSMT, and he has had an amazing experience. Kevin is hopeful that he can continue to teach more aspiring music students and give back what he has learned throughout his music career.
Nora Woofenden was born and raised in Washington state, before moving to Philadelphia where she earned her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Immaculata University. After completing a six-month internship at Heartland Hospice, Nora moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for three years. Nora has enjoyed using music therapy to help a wide variety of people achieve their goals, including working in a fine arts school for adults with developmental disabilities, and in pediatric palliative care. In 2018 Nora moved to Boston to pursue her master’s degree in music therapy and mental health counseling at Lesley University. In between classes and work Nora is enjoying getting to know New England, making music with friends, and curling up with a good book.