Summer Lall MT-BC
Executive Director of Music Therapy
Summer Jasmine Lall, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and obtained her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in 2008, Summa cum laude. Summer is the founder CradleSong Birthing and Rhythm & Truth Music Therapy specializing in working with adolescents. She developed the Resistance to Resilience online training programs to teach professionals best practices in using music to empower youth. Summer is the U.S. representative for the Rhythm2Recovery therapeutic drumming program and is also a HeartMath Certified Trainer. She is a Sound Birthing Fellow and trained in HealthRHYTHMS, Beat The Odds, RISE/LGBTQ, Pro-ACT de-escalation, C-SEC and Risking Connection trauma informed care. Summer has practiced music therapy in schools, shelters, daycares, foster camps, yoga studios, correctional facilities, group homes, treatment centers, hospice and hospitals. In addition to her broad local outreach, music has taken her to over 20 countries around the globe. When she is not practicing music therapy, Summer is writing, recording or performing with her band PWR CPL, hoping to inspire positive change through music however she can.
Jon Lall, Director of Music Education
Jon Lall is a songwriter, producer , multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and performer from Princeton, NJ and is currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Jon obtained his degree in Music Business from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2008, with a principal in voice. As a teaching artist, Jon uses a wide variety of music modalities including drumming, piano, guitar, lyric analysis, songwriting, beat-making, singing and recording to teach history, math, science, literature, production and performance. Jon has brought the Rhythm & Truth programming to schools in the greater Los Angeles area in juvenile detention centers, continuation high schools, charter schools, non-public schools and correctional facilities. Jon has also been a private vocal & guitar instructor since 2005. When school is out, Jon is either in cowriting sessions for a wide range of artists, or is creating, recording and performing with his band PWR CPL.
Clinical Music & Art Therapists
Akilah Watts MM MT-BC
Akilah specializes in music therapy for acute psychiatric care, addiction, special needs, trauma and children. Akilah hails from Chicago and has a background in music education. She taught general music at an Illinois public school to grades K-6 for two years before attending Illinois State University in 2012 to pursue her Master’s in Music Therapy. In addition to her work in California, Akilah has practiced music therapy in Kenya, Thailand and Uganda.
Jayne Garceau MT-BC
Jayne is a board-certified music therapist living in Los Angeles, CA and obtained her degree from Berklee College of Music in 2018. Violin is her primary instrument, but she also enjoys singing and playing guitar, drums, and piano. She has experience working with many different populations, including mental health, hospice, psychiatric rehabilitation, and individuals with developmental delays.
Manuel Ruiz MT-BC
Manuel Ruiz is a drummer, percussionist, music instructor and board-certified music therapist from Lima, Peru. A graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Manuel has toured extensively in the U.S, Canada, Mexico and Peru with distinguished artists such as Amy Allen, Susana Baca, Riz La Vie, Nella Rojas and several others. After living in Boston and New York City (where he worked teaching music to students with special needs at Multi Arts Music Academy and Hand In Hand Family Services), Manuel has relocated to Los Angeles, where he continues to work as a touring musician, music teacher and music therapist.
Michelle is an Art Therapist living and working in Venice, California. She grew up in the Midwest and relocated to Los Angeles after living in Boulder, Colorado where she completed her Masters in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy at Naropa University.
Michelle is professionally trained to use art-based therapeutic techniques to enrich the work she does with clients. She believes art is concrete evidence of what is alive within us. In addition to art therapy, Michelle utilizes mindfulness-based therapy, guided visualization, and somatic techniques to deepen client work and progress healing in meaningful ways.
Michelle has experience working with adults, adolescents and children in medical and psychiatric settings and has worked internationally to bring trauma-informed art therapy interventions to survivors of domestic violence and sex-trafficking. Michelle’s approach is transparent, open, and direct throughout the therapeutic process. She feels passionate about this work and helping humanity. Michelle is committed to reminding others of the power of presence, self-expression, and peace.
Ellie Ikeda is an LA native pianist, Board-Certified Music Therapist, and music instructor. She is a graduate of Cal State LA, where she received a BA in Music in 2015 with an emphasis in composition and arranging. She also has over 20 years of classical and contemporary piano training and experience. Throughout her undergrad and following her graduation, Ellie continued to teach piano and is currently the co-owner of Radiant Music Studio in South Pasadena, CA.
In May of 2020, she graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana on the Dean’s highest honors list through their distance learning equivalency program for Music Therapy. In October of 2020, she obtained her Board Certification for Music Therapy. While she currently works with adolescents in mental health and adults with intellectual developmental delay, Ellie also has music therapy experience in populations such as hospice, geriatrics and memory care, adults and children with developmental delay, and Special Education settings.
Nikki Brown, MT-BC
Nikki Brown, is a Board Certified Music Therapist who received her degree from Florida State University. While there, she completed a thesis examining music therapy practice in a variety of settings, cultures, and countries. Nikki has practiced music therapy in multiple locations on both the east and west coast. She has worked with a wide range of ages and populations, including individuals with development delays and eating disorders, and in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Vocals, Production, Bass, Choir
Satarra is a singer songwriter, bassist and producer, from Cleveland Ohio. Steeped in the soul and funk music of the 60's and 70s, Satarra has taken the rhythms of the era, the acoustic sounds of the neo-soul scene that blossomed in Atlanta in the early 2000's and her own fresh innovative lyric style and and arrangements and combined them to create something organic, authentic, and undeniably soulful. Satarra has been described as having the innate ability to move people, to move them to think, feel, act, and dance.
Concert Band, Production, Film Scoring
Louis's passion for music and education has been lifelong. In high school he was the leader of his school's drumline. In 2015 he graduated from Berklee College of Music with a major in Electronic Production Design and Film Scoring with a bass principle. After graduation, he began teaching bass, guitar, ukelele, piano and audio production at his local Guitar Center along with being the musical co-director for the Boys & Girls Club's Jazz and Showband "Heatwave". He has worked with Gerard Marino, (God of War,) Alex Wurman, (March of the Penguins, Anchorman) and Record Plant Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA.