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.

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.

Livia Umeda
Livia UmedaMusic Therapy Intern

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.