Hack Mentors and Judges


Inventors, designers, music therapists, and others will act as mentors during the Berklee Music Therapy Hack, providing advice and assistance to hack teams.


Jon Adams is a technology specialist and educator who has spent his career changing lives and making music accessible in new ways. He is the founder of the Headbangers, a band based on the South Shore of Massachusetts whose members have disabilities and use adaptive computer input devices to control a music synthesizer; Adams wrote the band’s primary software program. He holds degrees in music education and music composition from Berklee College of Music and Goddard College.

Marc Edelstein is a physician, technology developer, and musician. After almost 30 years as a physician, health care executive, and educator, he is studying music at Berklee, pursuing a double major in electronic production and design and contemporary writing and production. He teaches Philosophy of Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Medical Professionalism at Tufts Medical School and Berklee and Mind-Body Discipline for the Musician at Berklee.

Brian Harris is a board-certified music therapist with a master’s degree in music therapy. At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, his clinical work is focused on brain injury and stroke patients. He created and implemented a full-time neurological music therapy program at Spaulding, making it one of the few such programs in the country. He is also the owner of MedRhythms, LLC, a company providing neurologic music therapy services throughout the greater Boston area.

Matt Hines is a multimedia artist and product specialist at iZotope Inc., as well as an accomplished producer, audio engineer, sound designer, and musician. His credits including MIDEM; award-winning work for Nimbus Records; the BBC; performances on TV and radio across both Europe and the United States; and credits on multiple blockbuster video games, including Spec Ops: The Line and Arkane's Dishonored. Most recently, Matt was part of an iZotope team that won an Emmy Award. A 2011 graduate of Berklee's electronic production and design program, Hines's thesis project focused on the design and development of an experimental audio software.

Tessa Kaslewicz is a music therapy student at Berklee, graduating in May 2015. Since being at Berklee she has worked with children with special needs, adults with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and adults in the acute psychiatric department of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After she graduates, she will complete her board certification exam and plans to attend graduate school for music and neuroscience research.

Chi Gook Kim is an assistant professor of music therapy at Berklee. He teaches a groundbreaking class on assistive music technology for visually impaired students. The class was featured in the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mix. He received a bachelor’s in music from Berklee and a master’s in music technology from New York University. He also works as chief technology officer and producer at Serotonics Music.

Stefani Langol is an associate professor of music education at Berklee. She is an active clinician, author, and consultant who presents sessions and writes on a variety of technology topics, including those for K-12 music applications. Langol is the recent recipient of a Berklee FLY Grant for her iPad in the Classroom curriculum initiative. She is an active performer and director of the Berklee music education iPad ensemble. Langol is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, and is an advisory board member of the Technology Institute for Music Educators.

Michael Moniz is an associate professor of music therapy at Berklee. A former public school music teacher and administrator, he is the founder of Schoolhouse Music Services and MIDI Schoolhouse. An instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators and former technology chair for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association, he is a trombonist with a bachelor’s of music degree from Boston University and a master’s in education from Bridgewater State College.

Cassandra Mulcahy is a board-certified music therapist who joined Connecticut Music Therapy Services in 2010. She has experience working with children, adults, and seniors in a variety of settings. She has worked with individuals and groups with a wide range of neurological and physical disabilities or disorders. She received her bachelor of music degree in music therapy from Berklee and her master’s degree in music therapy from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music.

Teddy Murphy is a student music therapist at Berklee. He enjoys using guitar-centric music such as pop, rock, folk, blues, and soul music to connect with his participants and build skill sets toward therapeutic objectives. Teddy believes music is the safest universal medium for authentic expression, especially for those who have difficulty letting their voices be heard. He hopes the Hack will create new solutions for the music therapy community to use to further improve the quality of life for patients, participants, and clients through music.



A panel of experts will adjudicate the hacks and presentations to determine winners.

Adrian Anantawan is a faculty member of Canada’s National Arts Centre Young Artists Program and is currently serving as the conductor of the Dudamel Orchestra at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston. An advocate for disabled musicians, he performs frequently in Canada (including a performance for Pope John Paul II) and has served as a cultural ambassador for Canada at the Olympics. He holds a master’s of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s degree from Yale University.

Michael Bierylo is chair of the Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee and has forged a creative career as an electronic musician and educator. He has done commercial audio work for Smithsonian and Nickelodeon, among others. He has been a member of the new music group Birdsongs of the Mesozoic since 1991 and has performed all over the world as a solo electronic artist. He holds a bachelor’s of music from Berklee, where he received the 2009 Newbury Comics Faculty Fellowship grant.

David Blutenthal is an entrepreneur and music industry professional with a decade of experience in artist management, marketing, music app development, branding, publicity, and new media. He is founder and CEO of Moodsnap, which created an image-driven radio app that provides the simplest way to match music to how you feel or what you're doing. His vision is to change how people discover, curate, and consume music in contextually relevant and relatable ways through the power of visual imagery. He founded the Boston Music Tech Meetup and holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Babson College.

Philip Cohen is the cofounder and CEO of AudioCommon, an MIT-founded company that is redefining the way music and media are created, organized, and shared in today's interconnected world through its online collaboration platform. Founder of MIT's largest startup accelerator, Beehive Cooperative, Cohen is an active musician and songwriter on Boston's indie rock scene, an MIT Sloan MBA, a former military officer, and a former full-time hockey player.

Suzanne B. Hanser, Ed.D., MT-BC, is the founding chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee. Past president of both the World Federation of Music Therapy and the National Association for Music Therapy, she received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging and was a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the author of The New Music Therapist’s Handbook, and coauthor of the Manage Your Stress and Pain book and CD, with Susan Mandel. In 2006 she was named by the Boston Globe as one of eleven Bostonians Changing the World. In 2009 she was awarded the Sage Publications Prize for her article, "From Ancient to Integrative Medicine: Models for Music Therapy." In 2011, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Music Therapy Association.

S. Alex Ruthmann is associate professor of music education and music technology at NYU Steinhardt, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at the intersection of music, education, and technology. His current research explores new media musicianship, computational creativity, the creative processes of audio engineers and producers, and the development of music technologies for use in school- and community-based programs for children. He and his collaborators are the recipients of two National Science Foundation grants exploring the interdisciplinary teaching of computational and musical thinking. Ruthmann received an interdisciplinary B.M. degree from the University of Michigan in music and technology, and M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in music education from Oakland University.