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Lee Ann Westover is a New York City-based occupational therapist and musician. She specializes in services for individuals who are homeless and/or mentally ill, with a particular focus on movement disorders secondary to schizophrenia. She earned a masters degree in OT from Columbia University Medical Center, and has continued on to work towards a Doctorate of Education in Movement Science at Columbia University's Teachers College. 

Research Publication:

Gutman, S. A., Gregory, K. A., Sadlier-Brown, M. M., Schlissel, M. A., Schubert, A. M., Westover, L. A., & Miller, R. C. (2017). Comparative Effectiveness of Three Occupational Therapy Sleep InterventionsOTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, 37(1), 5-13. doi:10.1177/1539449216673045

Before occupational therapy, Lee Ann was a professional musician in NYC for 15+ years. For over 10 years, Lee Ann has continued to create collaborative community music through the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Program along with her band - the Biddies. Each season, you can find her performing in prisons, hospitals and homeless shelters, as well as facilitating songwriting workshops for underserved populations throughout the 5 boroughs. In addition to the work she and the Biddies do with Musical Connections, you can also hear the Itty Biddies (the band's family-centered iteration) performing their high-energy, interactive original music for children through CarnegieKids.

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My main uke is a Kala tenor made of spalted flame maple with a spruce top. I've installed a K&K twinspot pickup for playing live & recording, and I LOVE it. I also have a Flea I use for teaching, and a Kala lacewood spruce baritone for fun.

If you are looking for something to learn on for cheap, or to teach a child with, these Makala Dolphin ukes are pretty good for such an inexpensive instrument, although a flea is a lot more hardy with a better sound - made in the USA too! Scroll down for my bio...

DISCOGRAPHY

The Itty Biddies
Hello Hello Hello!
EP, 2013
Vocals, Songwriting, Ukulele, Co-Production

Little Embers
Raise the Dead
CD, 2011
Background Vocals 

Self-titled EP
CD, Spring 2009
Vocals, Songwriting, Ukulele, Keyboards, Bass

The Lascivious Biddies
A Very Biddy Christmas
EP, Holiday 2008

The Lascivious Biddies
Live in New York City
DVD, Autumn 2005
Lead Vocals, Songwriting

Snuggle Fabric Softener
Radio Advertisement
Vocals, Jingle writer

The Lascivious Biddies 
Get Lucky
CD, October 2004
Lead Vocals, Songwriting

Clare Fader & The Vaudevillains
Seventh & Trade
CD, 2003
Background Vocals, "Big Bang Theory Man"

The Lascivious Biddies
I Feel Biddy
CD, March 2003
Lead Vocals, Songwriting

Chili's Restaurants
National Television Commercial, 2003
"Girlfriends"
Vocals, Jingle writer

The Lascivious Biddies
The Bobby Flay Show
Musical Guest, 2002
Lead Vocals, Expert Lip-syncher

Peter Karp
Roadshow
CD, 2002
Backup Vocals, "Kiss The Bride"

The Lascivious Biddies
Biddi-Luxe!
CD, May 2002
Lead Vocals, Songwriting

Django and the Regulars
Laying Low & Inbetween
CD, 2001
Background Vocals, "Time and Again"

The Camaros
Evil
CD, 1997
Lead and Background Vocals, Songwriting