The interns at Music To Grow On get hands on experience working with clients of every age and a variety of diagnoses. As interns at a mobile company, interns also inherently get to know the entire Greater Sacramento Area, since they’re driving around it every day!

With experience working with clients, parents, and professionals in other disciplines, the students completing their internship with Music To Grow On gain the skills necessary to enter the professional field of Music Therapy with knowledge and confidence.

Alaina Nelson
Alaina NelsonMusic Therapy Intern
Alaina grew up in the Bay Area and has a huge love for nature, hiking, writing, and most of all music. Starting in 5 th grade, she learned to sing and play piano, flute and violin, and she starred in several plays and musicals in junior high and high school.

In her junior year of high school, Alaina learned about the music therapy profession from her band teacher. Alaina was instantly intrigued and felt that she had finally found a profession that perfectly blended her love for music and helping others.

Alaina went to California State University, Northridge in the sunny San Fernando Valley to study music therapy and learned to play guitar and ukulele during her music therapy education. She also worked with a variety of populations in her fieldwork, including adults with cerebral palsy, children with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Alaina is incredibly excited about her internship at Music to Grow On, and she is looking forward to working with a wide variety of populations and learning from a number of music therapists.

Lea Pero
Lea PeroMusic Therapy Intern
Lea Pero attended Montclair State University for her Bachelor’s in Music therapy. In her time there she worked in a school for children with disabilities, a memory care facility for older adults, and a psychiatric hospital for adults 18+. During her Freshman year, she attended Georgia College & State University where she participated in a musical sign language group and drum circle group for adults with disabilities where the end goal was a concert to debut songs as well as leading sessions in a HeadStart program.

While attending Montclair, Lea was the Secretary and Junior/Senior Chapter Representative for the Music Therapy Student Organization within her program. She attended the 2018 & 2019 MAR-AMTA Conference where she spoke about the projects, events, and outreach that Montclair had been working on during her 2 years on the E-board.

Lea grew up in New Jersey where she discovered Music Therapy during her Junior year of high school. Stuck between the passion and joy of music and the analytical wonderment that the human body possesses, she found a field that combines her 2 passions.

She has discovered in her music therapy work that the role of the therapist moves beyond the session and into the world that creates the systems we navigate day-to-day. By using resources around and within us, Lea hopes to use music therapy to help empower others.