Music Therapy Symposium

The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center’s

Music Therapy Symposium 2018

“A Culture of Caring: Advancing Music Therapy in Pediatric Palliative Care”


September 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Yonkers

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Registration/Light Breakfast

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Kristen O’Grady, MA, LCAT, MT-BC
Director of Creative Arts Therapies at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Compassion in Action: The Past, Present and Future of Pediatric Palliative Care

Presented by Alvin Moyer, MD
Attending Pediatrician at the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center

11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Making Connections: The Neuro-Biological Underpinnings of How and Why Music Benefits Children in Palliative Care

Presented by Concetta Tomaino, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Musical and Neurological Function

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Engaging the Family System in Pediatric Palliative Care: A Medical Music Psychotherapy Approach

Presented by John Mondanaro, MA, LCAT, MT-BC, CCLS
Clinical Director of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Community Music Therapy as a Model for Pediatric Palliative Care

Presented by Kenneth Aigen, DA, LCAT, MT-BC
Associate Professor of Music Therapy at New York University/Director, Music Therapy Program

3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Panel discussion with all presenters

Registration fee includes participation in all presentations, optional tour of the facility, light breakfast and lunch. Registration is limited to 60 registrants.

Full refunds are available by written request only and must be e-mailed to Jaime Ronco at within two weeks of the event.

If you have questions, please contact Kristen O’Grady, Director of Creative Arts Therapies, at (914) 294-6251 or e-mail