Center for the Arts

The Doogri Institute Center for the Arts is now located in Rockland County, New York. Students of all abilities are welcome to participate in piano lessons, community orchestra, integrated peer recitals, and karaoke with friends. Families with self-direction eligibility may use their budget to pay for the tuition and fees.


Nonverbal, autistic, and special-needs students are especially welcome. We register children ages 4 and up. Our evidence-based method guarantees that students of all abilities will learn how to read musical notes with a focus on independent musicianship. Our mission is to build community and social transformative change through diversity and inclusion in the arts.


Every student receives a 30 minute weekly piano lesson by a classically trained teacher. Following the lesson, the student visits the onsite state of the art computer lab with recording, mixing, and music production equipment. Our karaoke booth allows students to sing along with their own music videos, or choose from another peer’s production. The cost for a 30-minute weekly lesson is $75. Associated costs include visits to the center for band rehearsal, recital performance, or karaoke booth, which are billed at $150 per hour.


All students require a designated parent/caregiver to remain onsite during visits. OPWDD eligible students may be accompanied by their Community Habilitation worker for supervision, transportation, and support.



  • Weekly recitals for the public
  • Peer-support in the computer lab
  • Monthly contests for most-requested karaoke video
  • Weekly band practice and orchestra
  • Weekly group music sessions
  • ADA compliant facility


The center is directed by Henny Kupferstein, MA. Henny is trained in music therapy, and is a published autism researcher and author. She is an autistic researcher, parent of autistic children, and has been a practitioner to students with special abilities since 2009. She is passionate about the integration of science and art to build a diverse community and a better world.


The center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or disability in any of its activities or operations. These activities include hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.