Alison Usher-Jones, BMT, MTA, Founder, Music Therapist
Alison Usher-Jones is the owner and music therapist at Westmount Music Therapy, a music therapy clinic for children in Montreal, Quebec. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University in Vancouver. Alison has been working privately with children with a variety of needs since 2008.
Before starting Westmount Music Therapy in 2013, Alison worked at Giant Steps School, working with children with autism, and The Douglas Mental Health Institute, working with children with a variety of behavioral and mental health disorders.
In the past, Alison has worked in various youth organizations in Vancouver, Ontario, and Montreal, working with children and youth with autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, emotional regulation, attachment disorder, developmental delay, trauma/abuse survival, anxiety, anger management, youth at risk, mental health issues and more.
Alison uses music to establish a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. She uses music to teach non-musical goals, such as language development, increased motor-skills, appropriate self-expression, social engagement, relaxation, increased self-esteem, emotional regulation and increased communication skills.
Alison is the recipient of the Fran Herman Music Therapy Scholarship from the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund. This recognition award is given to the top three students studying Music Therapy in Canada, based on the following criteria: leadership, academic excellence, innovation and creativity. http://www.capilanou.ca/music-therapy/news/Music-Therapy-Student-Wins-National-Award/
John has been teaching guitar, piano and drums to children and adults of all ages for 8 years. He studied Jazz performance at Vanier College, as well as Classical Composition at Concordia University. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in education at McGill University to teach high school music. John believes that one of the most effective ways to teach is to tailor his lessons to his students' interests; as each student is unique, each lesson must be as well. John uses a flexible and easily adaptable approach to teaching music, which allows his students plenty of space to be themselves as well as exceed their potential! In his free time John enjoys composing and recording music, as well as playing guitar with his band.