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Resistance to Resilience

Rhythm & Truth is excited to offer continuing education opportunities for working professionals looking to enhance their skills in the use of music with adolescents.

  • Deepen your work with teens

  • Learn best practices for using music with youth

  • 12 weeks long

  • Self-paced

  • Interactive

  • 100% online

  • Professional mentorship

  • Ongoing community support 

  • Access to curated playlists

  • Cutting edge research and fascinating scientific studies 

  • 4 different specialized courses to choose from 

  • Intimate learning environment (space is limited) 

  • 40 Continuing Education Units available (CEUs) each! 

  • Specifically created for expressive arts therapists, music therapists, licensed clinicians, teaching artists, musicians, sound healers, drum circle facilitators, educators and practitioners

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Contact for Self Study Options

​   Modules Include:

  • Cultural Competency 

  • The History of Hip-Hop

  • The "System" & Safety

  • Poverty & Pain

  • Peer Pressure & Prejudice 

  • Technology & Sampling

  • Values & Strengths

*prior musical experience recommended

*focuses on the Hip-Hop and R&B genres for beat-making, production & recording. 

Contact for Self Study Options

​   Modules Include:

  • The Four Elements of Music

  • Anxiety & Stress

  • HeartMath & Coherence

  • Meditation & Mindfulness

  • Insomnia & Interconnection

  • Cymatics & Sound Baths

*no prior musical experience necessary

*Focuses on recorded music and the vibrational qualities of live instruments 

Contact for Self Study Options

​   Modules Include:

  • Addiction & Recovery 

  • Community & Gangs

  • Movement & Body Percussion

  • Family & Communication 

  • Emotional Release & Mood Elevation 

  • Empathy & Resilience 

*focuses on rhythm based interventions (drum circle faciliation, stepping, beat-boxing and body percussion)

March 13th - June 5th 2023

​   Modules Include:

  • Identity & Self Esteem

  • Authenticity & Expression 

  • Anger & Abuse 

  • Depression & Harm 

  • Trauma, Grief & Loss

  • Social Justice & Equity 

*no prior musical experience necessary

*focuses on current music in the Hip-Hop, R&B & Electronic genres (rapping, freestyling, instrumentals & lyric writing) 

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Course Feedback

Hear directly from Board Certified Music Therapists and other professionals about how the Resistance to Resilience courses impacted their practice and informed their approach.

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From Music Therapists Who Have Taken a Rhythm & Truth Training

"Very very helpful! This population is overlooked and I now feel I have some foundational skills to start diving into some sessions. Thank you for demonstrating cultural humility as well. This was a great training! I think the rhythms were authentic to Hip-Hop culture and I appreciate that!"

"I very much enjoyed this. Very glad to see you focus on Hip-Hop. Being in so many classical music courses, it's easy for me to forget that all types of music are important and impactful."

"This course was absolutely amazing. I will recommend it to my colleagues and my team. It provided SO much information, homework, readings and CURRENT relevant information that will help with work in the adolescent psychaitric population. As a parent of teenagers, it also applied directly to my personal life, providing me with new insights and skills. The way the course was arraged and the final project with creating 8 session plans is extremely helpful because we leave with a plan on how to implement our new knowledge" - Tara M., MT-BC

"I have benefitted a lot from learning about Heart Focused Breathing as well as learning more about the foundational connections between humans and the elements of music. I appreciated finding new resources to draw from as well as being supported in coming up wtih new creative session plans to bring to groups" - Kaitlyn W., MT-BC

"PLEASE don't ever stop teaching this. The world needs this. Thank you! Super interested in your course for my inpatient mental health patients."

"I sincerely needed new material for my private practice. The manner in which Summer took the time to curate and deliver the information using both evidence based music therapy techniques and integration of mindfulness was transformative as a learner." - Anna K., MT-BC

"Truly a breath-taking session. Thank you for gifting me with this :) I aspire to develop the skills you have in the clinic."

"Very valuable and worth the time, from the session planning to the self care that can actually be used in sessions! I think that this entire course was incredibly useful to the field of Music Therapy" - Brittany B., MT-BC

"I found your session informative and thought provoking, as well as so very calm-inducing! Thanks for the great direction you have added to the group I work with! I'd love to know more about the curriculum!"

I am a 40 year old music therapist. Growing up, I watched a lot of MTV hearing Salt-N-Pepa, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C and even buying the cassette tape of Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic in 6th grade. During my time in college, I developed an interest in learning the music history of all genres, and have even created an African-American music history unit that ends with Hip Hop.
I currently work at an inpatient psychiatric facility doing music therapy with people from children and adolescents, adults, and geriatric units. I encounter listeners of Hip Hop and Rap from all three units! Adolescents and young adults, especially, request Hip Hop artists and Rappers that I have never heard of before, as well as multiple branches of styles that have recently developed. Through the pandemic, I have been facilitating a lot more music listening and song discussion groups. As a result of these listening groups, as well as the events and issues made prevalent through the Black Lives Matter movement, I now realize that I never really listened to Hip Hop and fully understood the history, the development and the messages of Hip Hop, and the impact and the importance of Hip Hop to its listeners. I knew I needed something more.
I took Summer Lall’s  4 Tools for Teens workshop and was immediately engaged through her authenticity and freshness. She presented Hip Hop as an important and impactful part of youth and music, as well as an accessible tool for music therapist to be able to integrate into sessions.
Tools 4 Teens inspired me to take her course From Resistance to Resilience: Transforming Teens through Songwriting and Support.
The weekly readings readings, listening, and group discussions that Summer facilitated helped me to discover the deeper meaning of Hip Hop and the connection that youth develop with Hip Hop music. After taking Summer’s course, I am more confident in my ability to create a space for clients to use Hip Hop in sessions for engaging in conversations, expressing emotions, telling their own stories, creativity and self-expression, creating their own music, and developing social skills and group cohesion.
I have encountered many clients that are passionate about Hip Hop. After taking Summer’s course, I have a new found compassion for bringing Hip Hop to their music therapy experience aimed toward finding healing, wellness, and resilience. - K.M. MT-BC

"I loved your positivity about the kids you work with. A lot of times classes focus on the  challenges, but they are so much more than that!"

"Thank you so much for the wonderful teaching and guiding! I just realized how the drum set can be such a powerful tool for teens. From your workshop I learned that I can bring this to the teens in the jail in a positive way."

"I love how accessible you made your techniques-very relatable. I had SO much genuine FUN. Girl, you're lit."

"I absolutely loved this! Working with at risk youth is something I am extremely interested in, especially when it comes to incorporating digital audio production. You are awesome!"

"I enjoyed this SO MUCH! This is my first conference and it has been my favorite/most impactful session."

"Hey Summer! Awesome presentation! Very well organized, delivered and extremely engaging and interesting. You and I worked together a little in my internship and you were even more amazing today than you were then! Wow!

"Hello Summer, thank you so much for the wonderful experience! I'm currently working with adolescents at Mount Sinai Children's Hospital in New York and your seminar gave me various ideas how I can incorporate different rhythms for resilience! I've been wondering what  interventions I should incorporate and THANK YOU for great ideas! I'm leaving the room (feeling) sunny!"

"Did not realize that drum circles could be used this in depth to help establish empathy. Loved the experiential component of the presentation. It was a great way for us to connect to the material and process it together as a group. I would love to learn more about HeartMath and your research."

"Great! Things to use on Monday! Your energy is contagious and motivating. You made me miss “my boys.” Please publish and keep presenting!"

"This was my favorite session I've attended so far: love the experience and new knowledge and skills."

"Phenomenal and necessary training. Thanks for your eloquence and authenticity."

"I loved the experiential moments and less speaking. It was great self-care!"

"This was great! You can tell this was what you were created for. Thank you for doing the activities with us!"

"I learned a lot of new and valuable things in this session. Definitely the most effective so far. I loved learning so much about the depth of rhythm."

"I recently did my 1st ever session and it was with this population/demographic. Thank you for equipping and inspiring me for my future work with this population!"

"Thank you! So clear, concise, effective and practical. I can't wait to use this. This is stunning."

"This was the most instructive session I've had so far. I'm an intern and this is exactly what I want to do in the field!"

"This session was amazing! I am absolutely in the same bout about wanting to learn techniques at conference to use in my practice. Thank you for providing hands on experience and real life work applications."

"Having us demonstrate your many intervention ideas and tools is exactly what I came to conference for. Keep up the good work! I loved everything!"

"Absolutely amazing! I love your energy and style and have felt more inspired by the session than anything Music Therapy related in a while."

"This was by far the best session I have been to all day. I thought you structured everything in a way that made sense and was easy to learn."

"Super practical, loved seeing your leadership style. I want to learn as many things from you as I can!"

"Fun and interactive, scaffolded to make it accessible for all levels and easy to take home to use! THANK YOU!"

"Very informative and I loved the practical experience you gave us so we truly understand the interventions."

"I loved the session, great balance of information/interaction!"

"I really loved this session. Amazing energy and really inspirational."

"I have a contract in Wisconsin and New York that I think this would be VERY beneficial for. "

"Thank you so much for your training! Awesome energy, organization, and delivery."

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Mission Statement 

At Rhythm & Truth, our mission is to provide high quality therapeutic and educational services through the medium of expressive arts in order to contribute to a thriving society as well as encourage professional excellence by offering specialty courses for creative practitioners working with youth.

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Cancellation Policy 

We offer a full refund if notified of a cancellation 7 days before course begins. If it is less than 7 days, we can offer a 50% refund. We are not able to offer a refund after the course has started and failure to complete all coursework by the class deadline will result in needing to re-register and repay for the class in order to receive the continuing education units. For extenuating circumstances, we can issue a credit which the student can use for the same course at a later date when it is being offered again.

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Grievance Policy 

Every participant has the right to file a grievance. Participants have the right to file a grievance regarding online or live events, training, or presenter behavior within 90 days of completion of the course relating to the grievance. Participants have the right to contact Summer Lall, founder, at

Participants have the right to be notified in writing about the decision of the grievance within 90 days of filing.  Any participant has the right to file an appeal to the decision made by Rhythm & Truth. regarding the grievance within 90 days of written decision.  

Any participant has the right to have an unresolved grievance addressed by the CBMT Continuing Education Committee.

Grievance Procedures: To execute a right to file a grievance a participant must:

1. Contact Summer Lall, MT-BC, Founder, in writing within 90 days of the occurrence at

2. Include a written testimony of the grievance including the nature of the grievance with important details like the date, location, presenter or course content/material related to grievance.

3. Provide copies of any evidence related to their participation at the event in question or evidence of the actual grievance occurring when requested by the continuing education director.

4. Agree to be interviewed via phone or web for any follow up testimony required or questions.  Rhythm & Truth will strive to resolve all grievances within 90 days and maintain the highest level of participant satisfaction possible.

Rhythm & Truth will always execute the following steps in response to a grievance being filed:

1. Provide a written response within 30 days of the filing of a grievance that the grievance has been received and reviewed.

2. Provide the participant filing the grievance with the following timeline for the review process:

a. within 30 days:  notified of receipt and review process begins.

b. within 60 days:  all parties involved, including the filer, will be contacted for interview to gather more information, evidence and testimony as needed.

c. within 90 days: render a written decision to the participant regarding grievance.

3. Provide a date and amount of expected refund in the case of justified grievance within 120 days of the original grievance filing.

4. Provide a list of suggested third party reviewers for participant to choose in the case an appeal to the decision may be desired.

Right to file an appeal:  In the event that Rhythm & Truth rules against a filed grievance a participant may refer to the following procedures to file an appeal:

1. Inform Summer Lall, MT-BC, Founder, of request for an appeal in writing within 90 days of completion of the initial grievance decision via email

 2. Submit a written statement of reasons for appeal including any original or additional evidence to support the grievance.

3. Agree upon a neutral party arbitrator to review the initial grievance decision and the written appeal.

4. Provide copies of any appeal related evidence confirming participation at the event in question or evidence of the actual grievance occurring when requested by the continuing education director.

5. Agree to be interviewed via phone or web by the third-party arbitrator for any follow up testimony required or questions.

When the initial grievance procedures and appeal processes have been completed the decision made by the third-party arbitrator will be communicated to Summer Lall, MT-BC and the following process will be executed:

1. Rhythm & Truth will provide a written statement of the appeal decision and process.

2. In cases of justified grievance decision, Summer Lall, MT-BC, Founder, will provide a written offer for a monetary refund of registration and course fees to the participant within 30 days of the appeal decision.  All written offers shall include amount and date of distribution of funds returned to participant.

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