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 (MT-BC), 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
ricia Caiati is a board certified music therapist and graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She completed her internship at the Danville State Hospital 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, and is ecstatic about helping others each day through music making!
Tricia is the founder of the Music Therapy Chronicles (a podcast aimed to inspire and connect listeners through meaningful conversations from diverse perspectives), the co-founder of the Music Therapy Podcast Collective “MT-PC” (a platform that provides podcast based CMTE opportunities through pod-courses), and the CSO for The Tutti Ensemble (a non-profit adaptive band program providing individual lessons and ensemble experiences for diverse learners). Tricia enjoys spending her free time exploring outdoors, reading, and creating through different mediums.
Sonya DiPietro, MT-BC
sonya DiPietro is a board certified music therapist from Northern Massachusetts. She
graduated from Anna Maria College summa cum laude with a BM in music therapy and
a minor in psychology in the spring of 2020. During her studies, she completed her
practicum placement at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA and internship at
UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA. During that time, she had the
opportunity to work with clients of all ages and abilities.
Sonya grew up in Southern New Hampshire, and has been dedicated to music since
childhood. At the age of six she began playing the piano, and since then has had many
opportunities to nurture her relationship with music. She has filled the role of choir
director, church musician, teacher, and therapist over the years. Her passion and hope
is to make music accessible for wellness to all ages and abilities, whether that be
through adaptive lessons or music therapy. Sonya is always excited to create something
beautiful in music together!
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!
Lizzie MacEachern received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia. After completing internships at HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy and Camp Pegasus, she returned to New Hampshire in 2019. She is so excited to be serving her home state as a board-certified music therapist! She primarily works with children with special needs, but she loves having a diverse caseload of clients of all ages. When not working, Lizzie enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors in the beautiful Granite State.
Jennifer Chute, MT-BC
Jennifer is a Board-Certified music therapist and has been working in the field for 7 years now. Sheprimarily works in Early Childhood, but also has experience working with adults and children with developmental disabilities and older adults. She has her bachelor’s in Music Performance from Elizabethtown College and a Master’s of Science in Music Therapy from SUNY New Paltz. She completed her internship at Ulster-Greene Arc at a day program for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has been a co-presenter at the New England Region Music Therapy Conference and co-lead a music for stress management presentation for an Alzheimer’s Care Providers Conference in Worcester, MA. In her spare time, she loves spending time outdoors and listening to live music.
Alyson Zavestoski, MT-BC
Aly is a Board Certified Music Therapist who received her bachelor’s of music from University of the Pacific. Aly aims to bring patience and compassion into each and every session. This allows her to be present for those who may need a calm, kind, and caring presence in their life. Aly has worked in a variety of settings, and especially finds joy in working in early childhood as well as working with older adults. She loves that working with kiddos constantly reminds her of the importance of finding joy in the simple pleasures of life! Working with folks with Alzheimers and dementia has opened Aly up to the many channels of communication; she has understood fear, love, joy, contentment, and more all just from facial expressions and body language. Aly is passionate about finding common ground and meeting folks wherever they are at, whether that be her reality or theirs.
Clients and families play an active role in the therapeutic process. Aly is collaborative in her practice and works with families and clients to create a comprehensive plan. She puts an emphasis on the importance of client involvement in structuring a treatment plan. Aly wants to structure a treatment plan based on the wants and needs of her clients, not just what others see fit. She hopes to give clients tools they can utilize in everyday life.