Louise Montello | The New School for Public Engagement
  • Faculty

    Louise Montello

    Coordinator of Creative Arts Therapy & Associate Profressor

    Doctor of Arts New York University, MA New York University, BA City College New York

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    Louise Montello is an Associate Professor of Creative Arts Therapy at The New School where she teaches courses in music therapy, performance wellness, and expressive arts therapy. She is also the founder/coordinator of the Creative Arts Therapy Certificate Program at The New School. A New York State licensed, board-certified psychoanalyst and music therapist, Louise is the award-winning author of "Essential Musical Intelligence"(2002) and “Music as the Way” (2011). An internationally known authority on Music Wellness, Dr. Montello is the founder/creative director of the non-profit organization, Performance Wellness, Inc., dedicated to utilizing an arts-based integrative approach to meeting the mind-body health needs of professionals from all walks of life. She recently received the Dean's Collaboratory Grant to create a new “Arts and Social Engagement" curriculum across divisions and disciplines at The New School. Dr. Montello maintains a private practice in expressive therapy and supervision in New York City.

    Courses Taught

    Music as the Way
    The Performance Wellness Seminar
    Rhythm and Role
    Music, Mind and Healing

    Recent Presentations/Exhibits

    In her most recent book, Music as the Way (2011), Professor Montello presents Essential Musical Intelligence (EMI) concepts and exercises framed by beautiful nature photography with compelling quotes on music and healing. The book also includes a CD with EMI-inspired Soundbites and music for meditation; Articles and book chapters include: Approach to Preventing Performance-Related Disorders in College-Age Musicians, Music and Medicine 2(2) 109-116, 2010 (peer-reviewed), The Heart of Music Therapy, in The Spiritual Significance of Music, Justin St.Vincent, ed., Xtreme Music Press, Auckland, NZ, 2009, Music, Mind and Breath, in Music, the Breath and Health: Advances in Integrative Music Therapy, Azoulay, R and Loewy, J. eds., Beth Israel Press, NYC, 2008 (peer reviewed)