Laith Toma grew up in northern California and at the age of 15 first picked up a guitar. He began playing acoustic guitar for a year before he started on electric guitar learning a wide variety of musical genres including classic rock, pop, metal, blues, folk, jazz, and more. At age 20, Laith also began playing bass guitar and drums mainly in blues bands and performed in four piece bands throughout California. In the spring of 2014, Laith received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton in Southern California and in the fall of 2014, he moved to Portland to pursue a degree in Music Therapy at Marylhurst University.
During his time at Marylhurst, Laith studied classical guitar, piano, percussion, music theory, composition, improvisation, and voice. He was part of the Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble and performed solo pieces in master classes with world renowned classical guitarists Pepe Romero and Paul Galbraith. Growing up, Laith was self-taught on piano and he formally began studying piano for three years at Marylhurst, playing in classical and pop styles. Laith was also accepted in the audition only Marylhurst Chamber Choir. During his time in the Chamber Choir, Laith was able to compete internationally in the spring 2016 Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland where the Chamber Choir was awarded third place. They went on to compete the following years in the European Choir Games in Riga, Latvia and the Leonardo Da Vinci International Choral Festival in Florence, Italy. Laith completed his music therapy coursework in June 2017 and after finishing his music therapy internship at Willamette Valley Hospice in Salem, Oregon in June 2018, graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Music Therapy from Marylhurst University.
With Laith’s degree in Psychology and experience with music, he found Music Therapy to be a perfect career path for him and as he completed his clinical work, he gained the ability to truly connect and engage with his clients through music. Throughout his studies at Marylhurst, Laith participated in the Creative Arts Day Camp in the summer of 2016, facilitating music therapy for kids with or without special needs, ages 4 – 18. During his time at camp he learned how to match and support children’s moods and abilities. Laith has the unique ability to bring energy and enthusiasm, as well as a calming presence, while creating a positive and safe environment.