Our Team

Headshot: Lisala Beatty

Lisala Beatty
Director

Lisala Beatty, Director

Lisala Beatty became the Director of Music and the Brain in 2017 after  serving as the Program Manager for 14 years.  She has supported the more than 300 schools and music educators who have implemented Music and the Brain with thousands of classroom visits, lesson demonstrations and teacher training in addition to curriculum development.  

A professional vocalist and songwriter for more than 25 years, Lisala’s voice, arrangements and original compositions are featured on numerous Music and the Brain curriculum recordings. She has performed across the U.S., Europe, Russia, Canada and Japan, on commercial jingles and more than thirty-five recordings.  

As a product of public elementary education devoid of music instruction, Music and the Brain’s mission to provide high quality curriculum and piano instruction to all students is crucial to Lisala. Prior to working with Music and the Brain, Lisala worked in advertising sales as a Senior Account Manager for Vivendi Universal Net USA, the Walt Disney Internet Group and Ziff-Davis. Ms. Beatty holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where she majored in Marketing.

Chris Sweatt, Program Manager

Chris Sweatt has many years of experience as a musician, educator, and administrator. As Program Manager, he is very excited to utilize his skills to support the implementation and development of Music and the Brain for students and teachers across the United States. Chris has worked professionally as a music director, performer, and accompanist and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians and Actors’ Equity Association. While pursuing his Master’s in Music Education at NYU Steinheardt, Chris completed two internships with the NYC Department of Education and received departmental awards. Additionally, he spent a year in Scotland earning a Postgraduate Diploma in Music Directing from the Royal Conservatoire. He has taught private and group music lessons through several community music organizations such as the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and also served as the Project Coordinator for the 2017 Sing for Hope Pianos public arts project. He is the proud father of a tuxedo car named Mistoffelees and is a strong believer in the transformative power of making and learning music. 

Emina Nusbaum, Program Administrator

Emina Nusbaum has provided administrative and operational coordination for Music and the Brain for more than twelve years. In addition to data management of school partnerships, she supports program material design and production, research, vendor relationships and budgetary record keeping. Emina helps implement the mission of the program including prompt communication with partners to ensure quality control and the delivery of program materials and equipment.