Lisha Lercari has been a teacher of music for more than 30 years and a lover of music for much longer—for nearly 20 of those years she’s lead her non-profit Music and the Brain (MATB).
Inspired by neurological research linking music and cognitive development, MATB is the experience of what studies are telling us; When children receive sequential music instruction, it can impact their proficiency in language, reading, math and cognition. Nearly 300 schools across the world use the easy-to-teach curriculum to help children (and adults) understand and appreciate the language of music as well as read music and play the piano. Lercari designed all the materials, wrote the piano books and teacher’s manuals, and produced/directed the CD recordings and videos. (See musicandthebrain.org.)
Lisha lives in New York City with her husband and daughter (who is 5th generation NYC).
Prior to her work with MATB, Lercari was a music teacher at Hunter College High School the Harlem School of Arts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory and a master’s degree in music education from the Manhattan School of Music. She also studied music in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.