Connecting with music
John Mews had a dream to bring musical elements into specifically designed programs for people with special needs. After much hard work and dedication, John was able to fulfill his dream and create “Mewsic Moves”, a counseling and music therapy practice based in Coquitlam that helps to improve a whole range of skills for people with diversabilities through musical elements. Mewsic Moves has begun collaborating with CLBC to host a community Glee Choir for adults.
“We began the first pilot project with eagerness and enthusiasm, and I’m happy to report that we have a tremendous group that loves to sing and share music together,” says John.
“It is amazing to see each of the participants sing from their hearts. Despite the unique challenges each of them face, they joyfully sing and make music, binding us together in song and spirit.”
Each week, participants take turns introducing and teaching their favorite song to the group. The theme from each song has meaning for the person who introduces it, ranging from sharing dreams, singing of good things, and making friends.
“Every Wednesday the music room is filled with smiles, voices, warm hearts, the twinkling sounds of chimes, dramatic drums, peers helping each other with hands held in support, and music being made joyfully,” says John.
“We are so fortunate to consider Mewsic Moves a valued partner in the community,” says Meaghen Taylor-Reid, a CLBC Facilitator who helped develop the choir. “This is a great benefit to our individuals, families and caregivers.”
Another Glee Choir program is being planned for later in the spring and other programs are offered as well, such as Rock Band and Social Skills.
“The word is spreading and we know this program will grow in popularity. CLBC Simon Fraser would like to thank John and the rest of his wonderful team at Mewsic Moves,” says Meaghen.
John Mews has been working with families and people with development disabilities in the greater Vancouver region for the past eight years. For more information on the many programs offered, or how you can be involved, please visit http://www.mewsicmoves.com/ or contact John at 778-888-0077.