Livia Umeda is a music therapy intern at Music to Grow On, having finished her academic coursework at the University of the Pacific.
Livia first discovered music therapy in her last two years of high school, which she spent shadowing various music therapists. In this first exposure to the field, she had the opportunity to observe those: with Traumatic Brain Injuries, in memory care or geriatric facilities, children with disabilities, and many others. To this day, she is still awestruck by the effects of music therapy, which has the ability to improve memory, cognitive skills, motor skills, and more! During practicum experiences at the University of the Pacific, she worked with a variety of clients including those: with mental health disorders, who are in geriatric/ memory care facilities, children with disabilities, and adults with speech and language disorders. She is excited to use music therapy as a conduit toward positive impacts!
In college, she held many leadership positions at the school, state, regional, and international levels. These included roles such as University of the Pacific student representative for the California Association for Music Therapy (2017-2018), President of the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association for Students (2019-2020), and now is the North American Student Delegate for the World Federation of Music Therapy (2020-2023). She loves pushing boundaries to provide support, resources, and educational opportunities to as many people as possible.