Alyssa O’Toole

February 28, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Impact Hub Boston

part of a series on Invest


About the speaker

Dear CMBOS community,

Due to a recent loss of a loved one, Alyssa will not be able to fulfill her commitment to speak this Friday. We know you will join us in sending our sincerest condolences… This Friday, we will modify our event to extend the breakfast and community time and open up the stage to our community, sponsors, and partners to make introductions and one minute pitches. We hope you will join us.

Hugs & High Fives, Sophia

Alyssa O’Toole, Founder and Director of Musicians Playground, has been actively involved in music and education for over ten years. After earning her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Ithaca College in 2010, O’Toole left for Boston, determined to take her love for music and teaching further. In 2011 she was accepted into the continuing education program at New England Conservatory in Boston, MA where she studied under renowned pianist, Dr. Deborah Nemko, amongst many other superb faculty members. She has been greatly influenced by Dr. Lyle Davidson of the Music and Education Department at NEC, and credits much of her teaching success to the classes and mentorship she received there.

O’Toole’s passion for music was obvious since the age of 8, when she began taking piano lessons with Vera Brindisi of Utica, NY. Ms. Brindisi helped O’Toole to gain the technique and discipline needed to be an outstanding pianist early on – but most importantly, showed Alyssa incredible kindness and love in her teaching. This made learning music a joy, and in turn would motivate Alyssa to make it her life’s work to pass the same on to others. In the end, Alyssa learned from Vera that teaching is about so much more than playing a note correctly, it’s about how we love and support one another unconditionally, in our pursuits of success.

With a business degree behind her, and an intense love for teaching and helping others – Musicians Playground was born.

Since its inception, O’Toole has gained extensive teaching experience in both private and group settings, and has served as a music and life coach for countless individuals. O’Toole’s ability to inspire others knows no bounds. Her clients are of all ages and backgrounds; from infants to senior citizens, to under-privileged and special needs students. Those that know her describe her as a highly animated, loving, and compassionate instructor who believes all individuals deserve to feel the happiness and confidence that come from learning music. As part of her fierce devotion to making music accessible and enjoyable for everyone – O’Toole founded public charity The Hands Movement and launched the first-ever Hands Event in Boston, MA in Fall 2014. The movement strives to generate interest in learning music, and on a higher level foster connection and wellbeing amongst communities. The viral video capturing over 50 strangers coming together, to learn and play a song for the first time, scored over 40,000 views within a week of being posted. O’Toole has since run Hands events in several major cities across the country including Washington D.C., Denver Colorado, and Delray Beach.

While O’Toole’s energy is vastly dedicated to making Musicians Playground a national brand, her ultimate hope is that no matter where her journey leads, that she continues to unlock opportunities to share the magic of music and life with others.

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invest January’s Theme is INVEST

Every day we give our time, resources, and energy to the world through our decisions. We might read certain books, join a new community, or pick up a hobby. And whether we acknowledge it or not, every choice we make is an investment either for or against ourselves.

Wise investing requires patience and awareness. It’s an art that combines our knowledge from past experiences with future aspirations to inform where we’ll put our energy and our heart. To live a sustainable creative life requires us to say ‘yes’ to the choices that bring richness into our lives, even when it seems risky.

In the Investment Theory of Creativity psychologist Robert J. Sternberg discovered: “The greatest obstacle to creativity […] is not exactly strictures from others, but rather the limitations one places on one’s own thinking.”

Take this opportunity to diversify your dreams. Convert your doubts into positive currency and bet on yourself. Without a doubt, you’ll see a worthwhile return.

Our Hong Kong chapter chose this month’s exploration of Invest and Bao Ho illustrated the theme.