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Brigette K. Sutton, MA, MT-BC

Adjunct Professor of Music Therapy
Mary Pappert School of Music
Music Therapy

School of Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


M.A., Drexel University
B.S., Duquesne University

Brigette Sutton is the Director of Music Therapy at Villa St. Joseph of Baden, a skilled nursing facility, where she also developed and directs the music therapy internship program.  She works with older adults, residents with Alzheimer's/dementia, and with the rehabilitation team as a Neurologic Music Therapist.  She has presented at local, regional, and national conferences, and served in a variety of positions within the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.  Brigette is also a piano teacher and liturgical musician. 


2010 March, Pittsburgh Catholic Magazine

Joy in the Little Things

  • Authored article on Music Therapy at Villa St. Joseph supporting theme of wellbeing of mind, body, spirit.  

Conference Presentations:

2012 March, Mid-Atlantic Region - AMTA Conference, Timonium, MD

Learn More to Be More: A Panel Presentation on Supervision

  • Session panelist presenter (with Elaine Abbott, PhD, MT-BC; Deborah Benkovitz, LSW, MSW, MT-BC; Gretchen Chardos Benner, MT-BC; Carol Shultis, M.Ed, MT-BC, LPC; Aaron K. Teague, MA, MT-BC; Leanne Belasco, MS, MT-BC)


2011 November AMTA Conference, Atlanta, GA

Promoting Professionalism: Strengthening Your Skills as Advocate, Therapist, and Leader

  • Session co-presenter (with Gretchen Chardos Benner, MT-BC)


2011 April, Mid-Atlantic Region - AMTA Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY

Promoting Professionalism: Strengthening Your Skill Set and Energizing Your Practice

  • Session co-presenter (with Gretchen Chardos Benner, MT-BC)


2010 March, Mid-Atlantic Region - AMTA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Successful Modulation - Transition From Intern to Employee

  • Session co-presenter (with Gretchen Chardos Benner, MT-BC)


2009 October, MAR Passages: Nazareth College, Rochester, NY

Modulating From Intern to Employee 

  • Session co-presenter (with Gretchen Chardos Benner, MT-BC)


2008 October, MAR Passages: Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA

Perspectives on Advanced & Specialized Music Therapy Training: A Panel Discussion

  • Panelist presenter on pursing masters' level education (with Terry Blaine, NICU-MT, HPMT, MT-BC; Terel Jackson, NMT, MT-BC; Christina (Clanton) Lacks, MA-MT)

2012 Fall Semester

Music Therapy Repertoire


Music Therapy Field Supervisor

2010-12 Spring Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit     Pittsburgh, PA

Music Therapy in Context

  • Guest lecturer

2012 February, Neurologic Music Therapy Training Institute, Ft. Collins, CO

Program Coordinator: Corene Thaut, MM, MT-BC, NMT

  • Therapeutic application of music to cognitive, sensory, and motor function due to neurologic disease of the human nervous system

2010 June, Music Therapy Drumming: Level 1 Training, Gaithersburg, MD

Instructor: Bill Matney, MA, MT-BC

  • Clinical application of world percussion instruments/rhythms within cultural contexts

Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC), Certification Board for Music Therapists

Certification Number 08428