Our Team

Headshot: Lisala Beatty

Lisala Beatty

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.

Anna Massen, Program Manager

Anna Massen is the Program Manager of Music and the Brain. Ms. Massen’s background is rooted firmly in education, and her specialized training includes music pedagogy, special education, and TESOL. Additionally, she has experience supporting non-profit organizations and for-profit arts educational enterprises, where she acquired indispensable program development skills.  Among other public, charter, and for-profit teaching experience, Anna previously taught Music and the Brain at Riverton Street Charter School in Queens, NY for three years, and she now shares her knowledge and expertise with the program’s affiliated educators.  Anna is a classically trained pianist and clarinetist and she continues to maintain a private studio. Ms. Massen has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.

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.