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Summer Lall MT-BC

Executive Director of Music Therapy

Summer Jasmine Lall, MT-BC is a Clinical Board Certified Music Therapist and obtained her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in 2008. Summer is the founder CradleSong Birthing and Rhythm & Truth Music Therapy. She is RISE/LGBTQ trained, trauma informed and a HeartMath Certified Trainer. Summer has practiced music therapy in schools, shelters, daycares, foster camps, yoga studios, correctional facilities, group homes, treatment centers, hospice and hospitals: Labor & Delivery, ICU, NICU, Psychiatric, Pediatrics and Oncology. In addition to her broad local outreach, music has taken her to over 20 countries, including Kenya, Vietnam, Jamaica and Brazil. 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 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.

Nikki Brown MTBC

Nikki Brown is a board certified music therapist originally from Tampa, Florida. Nikki received her Music Therapy degree from Florida State University (go Noles!) with a minor in psychology and a certificate in music in special education. Nikki sings and is proficient on guitar, piano, and ukulele. Nikki completed her music therapy internship at Tallahassee Memorial Behavior Health Center, where she worked with adolescents and adults in crisis.  Nikki has worked with a variety of ages in settings such as mental health residential treatment, crisis intervention, rehab, and eating disorder treatment.

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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.

 

Teaching Artists 

 

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.

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.