Music Therapy Symposium

January 26, 2024

Please join us for the 4th Annual TWU Music Therapy Symposium, “Post-Ableism and Music Therapy” on the Denton campus at Texas Woman’s University! 

A detailed schedule is forthcoming. 

Keynote Speaker
Rebecca Warren, PhD, MT-BC
Rebecca Warren wearing a dark green shirt against a white background

Dr. Rebecca J. Warren, MT-BC, NICU Music Therapist (she/her) is a board-certified music therapist and the owner of Becki Jean Music Therapy Services. Becki is currently a clinical supervisor and lecturer at SUNY Fredonia. She has published in the Journal of Music Therapy, and her doctoral dissertation focused on ableism in music therapy education from the perspective of disabled music therapy students and music therapy educators. In private practice, Becki facilitates music therapy for children, adults, families, and school districts in the Greater Buffalo/Chautauqua area. She collaborates with clients from a disability affirmative and anti-oppressive approach, focusing on reducing systemic oppression and promoting positive disability identity development.

Briley Casserilla, MT-BC and Jessica Leza, MA, MT-BC

faculty profile

Briley Casserilla, MT-BC ∞ is a practicing music therapist in the DFW area. She graduated from TWU Summa Cum Laude in 2022. She completed her internship with The Center of Discovery in 2023, receiving extensive training in clinical improvisation. Briley’s practice aligns with the disability justice movement, emphasizing client autonomy and the affirmation and celebration of disabled identities.

faculty profile

Jessica Leza is a board-certified music therapist, author, and multimedia artist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Leza’s music therapy scholarship and advocacy centers around neurodiversity, disability justice, culture, and LGBTQ+ liberation and includes publications in The Neurodiversity Reader, Sociocultural Identities in Music Therapy, and The Oxford Handbook of Queer and Trans Music Therapy, as well as the solo-authored An Introduction to Neurodiversity and Autistic Culture for (Music) Therapists. Leza’s multimedia works have been showcased in film and arts festivals across the US and Europe, China, and South America.

The symposium will run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (with two 10-minute breaks) on Friday, January 26th, in the TWU Music Building at 305 Pioneer Circle, Denton TX, 76201. Admission is free but registration is required. Please register using this link no later than Wednesday, January 24th. Parking permits are provided upon registration.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

9:00-9:05am – Opening Welcomes 

Dr. Pamela Youngblood, Director, School of the Arts & Design
Dr. Abigail Tilton, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

9:06-10:06am – Keynote Address

Dr. Rebecca Warren,  PhD, MT-BC

10:06-10:16am – 10-minute break

10:17-11:45am – Presentation

Jessica Leza, MA, MT-BC

11:45-11:55am 10-minute break

11:56-12:55pm – Presentation

Briley Casserilla, MT-BC

12:55pm –Closing Remarks


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