Music and the Brain-42nd St. Development Corp.

Lisala Beatty

Program Director

Lisala Beatty has worked with MATB since 2003 serving as the Program Manager until being named Program Director in August 2017. Lisala has supported the more than 300 schools who have received MATB grants across the country with ongoing classroom visits and in class training to music teachers, along with handling grantee relationships, marketing and outreach, curriculum development, fundraising and logistics. A professional R&B and Pop vocalist and songwriter for more than 20 years, Lisala’s voice is featured on many of the curriculum recordings performed by the MATB quartet. She has performed with numerous bands across the U.S., France, England, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Canada and Japan and appears on more than thirty-five recordings. Prior to working with MATB, 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. Supporting comprehensive music education to public school students through Music and the Brain has been a dream come true after missing such education in her youth.

What makes MATB unique and necessary? “Since 1997, Music and the Brain (MATB) has perfected a comprehensive, sequential music curriculum for teaching elementary school children to read music and develop piano skills during the school day. Under resourced public schools are targeted for MATB grants with more than 300 schools awarded for twenty years impacting over 400,000 students. MATB links cognitive development and early music instruction”

Services provided by MATB: Music and the Brain (MATB) is a project of the 42nd St. Development Corporation designed to teach public school students to read and play music through classroom keyboard instruction. MATB empowers each school’s music teacher to be able to teach music literacy and piano skills to all students through comprehensive teacher training, ongoing visits and support along with a proven system. During the school day, students of MATB gain cognitive skills, fine motor skills, focus and attention that impacts their learning across subjects.


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