Summer Lall MT-BC

Executive Director of Music Therapy

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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.

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Clinical Music & Art Therapists

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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.

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Brittany Burns, MT-BC

Brittany Burns reigns from the land of Platte City, Missouri. She obtained her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 2017. Brittany became a Board Certified Music Therapist in 2020 practicing in Los Angeles, California. She is currently working with adolescents with depression, anxiety and addiction and with adults with Schizophrenia. Brittany also has professional experience working with Hospice patients and children. Brittany's primary instrument is piano, but she is proficient in many others including but not limited to: acoustic guitar, percussion, marimba and voice. In her free time, Brittany enjoys reading and exercising in the beautiful outdoors.

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Madeleine Brown, MT-BC

Madeleine is a board certified music therapist in Los Angeles. She received training from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Madeleine provides music therapy to teens and adults with mental health challenges, addiction, and eating disorders, as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and new mothers who are bonding with their newborns. She has extensive experience working in the pediatric hospital setting to provide support with anxiety and pain, as well as bereavement services for families. Madeleine is from Chicago, IL and although she has traveled to many countries, one of her favorite places in the world is still the log cabin in Door County, WI. Madeleine plays piano, guitar, ukulele, djembe, and harp, and has experience with music technology and recording.

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Ellie Ikeda, MT-BC

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. 

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Anna Jeffries, MT-BC

Anna Jeffries, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Neurologic Music Therapist. Anna received her Bachelor’s Degree In Music Therapy with a minor in Speech- Language Pathology from the University of the Pacific Conservatory in Stockton, California. Anna is primarily a cellist however, she is also proficient in voice, guitar, piano, percussion and ukulele.


Anna completed her Music Therapy internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she primarily worked in the inpatient rehabilitation unit focusing on patients who experienced Traumatic Brain Injuries and strokes. Anna has done significant work in the inpatient mental health and recovery setting. 


Anna has a passion to utilize music as a healing device to provide a creative, encouraging and supportive environment for each client to achieve any personalized goals and improve their quality of life.

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Scott Whelan, MT-BC

Scott is a passionate Board Certified Music Therapist and MFT Trainee specializing in Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health, Trauma and Addiction Recovery.

His experience has focused on Creative and Integrative approaches to the treatment of Developmental Trauma, Addictions, and fostering resilience in high risk settings and populations.

Along with his clinical background, he draws from over 20 years experience as a musician, songwriter, film composer and international performing artist. He integrates evidenced based, holistic and spiritual approaches to utilizing the creative process and language of music to facilitate insight, safe coping and healing.

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Michelle Bosco

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.

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Elissa Gould, ATR-BC

Elissa Gould is a Board-Certified Art Therapist. 
She received both a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling and a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the College of New Rochelle. Elissa has extensive experience working with older adults diagnosed with Dementia in continuum of care retirement communities. Since relocating to California Elissa has been providing Art Therapy services for adults at in-patient Mental Health rehabilitation programs. She cultivates a down-to-earth and welcoming space for her clients by emphasizing process over product, allowing for freedom of expression without fear of judgment. Her studio art background welcomes a wide variety of art-based mediums to the Art Therapy experience, from collage and ceramics to printmaking and painting.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Teaching Artists 

 
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Gitai Vinshtok

Song Leader: Guitar, Piano, Drums & Bass

Gitai Vinshtok grew up in Reseda, California and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 2017. Studying composition in college, Gitai knows the power music has to communicate feelings and connect people across boundaries. After years as a private teacher, in 2019 he began working as the Music Specialist at OurSpace LA, a program in Encino, California for children and adults with special needs and unique abilities. He is also currently a song-leader at ETTA, a program for adults with special needs. In addition to singing Gitai plays guitar, piano, drums, and bass, and hopes to spread the light of music to enrich every corner of his expanding community.

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Louis Alexander

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.

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Satarra Troutman

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.