Ever since I began my music therapy practice some eight years ago, I have looked for ways to expand the reach of my practice, and to bring the benefits of music therapy to more families. So at this year’s MTABC conference, I was keenly interested in Johanne Brodeur’s workshop on grant writing and fundraising.
At Mewsic Moves, we have had great success with various programs over the years. We’ve been particularly pleased with the success of our Glee Choir program, which we started last year. This program is a result of a long held dream of mine to offer a place for those with special needs a platform to express their joy and love for music.
We ran multiple sessions of the Glee Choir program over the past year. The members were so excited to share music and it was obvious that they loved performing. Their joy and enthusiasm was truly irrepressible, and we felt we needed to culminate the year with a Christmas performance.
We made the decision to put on the concert just two short weeks beforehand. It began with a community school donating space, lighting, sound and volunteers! We were overwhelmed with the support of the local businesses that donated dinners, Festival of Lights tickets, artwork, gift cards and numerous other gifts, which we used to raise money for future music therapy programs for those with financial challenges.
We had over 100 friends, family and supporters in attendance. The night was filled with smiles and joy, beaming parents, and amazing music straight from the heart. All of us at Mewsic Moves were deeply touched by this heartfelt performance. It rekindled a passion within me to expand the horizons of our practice. Since we were able to create such a beautiful event in just two weeks, imagine what we could do with more time to plan!
So we are planning another Glee Choir this summer, which will be even more amazing. We hope to raise even more money to expand the number of programs we can offer, particularly for those who have challenging financial conditions.
So we look forward to the continue expansion of our horizons in our quest to bring the benefits of music therapy to more of those who can benefit from it. I encourage all of your to join me in setting your vision to a new heights this year and do your part to advocate and promote music therapy in all your workplaces and communities!
Happy Expanded Horizons!
Check out some of our photos from our Concert: December 14, 2012