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.