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.