Alison Usher-Jones, BMT, Founder, Music Therapist
Alison Usher-Jones is the owner and music therapist at Westmount Music Therapy, a music therapy clinic for children in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University in Vancouver. Alison has been working with children with a variety of needs since 2008.
Alison established Westmount Music Therapy is 2013. Her goal was to create a clinic where children of all abilities could thrive and reach their potentials by placing the focus on their strengths, find their motivations, and as a result, work on their challenges in a positive direction.
Alison offers a holistic experience that goes beyond her time spent with her clients at the clinic. When applicable, she will go into her client's schools, attend team meetings, and offer support in their community and to their parents. Alison makes it a priority to get to know her clients strengths and hobbies and is constantly determined to help build them up. Her years of experience with children with autism and other developmental disabilities, ensures that she offers an extremely structured environment where her clients get the predictability necessary to feel secure enough to make huge strides. Still not sure? Check out her testimonials here!
Alison was 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/
LAURA HASTINGS, BMT, MTA, NMT MUSIC THERAPIST
Laura is an accredited (MTA) music therapist who is passionate about using music to meet needs, bring joy, and defy expectations. She is an accomplished performer, music educator, and music therapist with a drive to constantly be expanding and enriching her therapeutic skill set. Laura has worked as a music therapist with a wide variety of clients.
After completing her Degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University in 2013, Laura continued to pursue additional training in a variety of areas including becoming a certified Neurologic Music Therapist through the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy Training. Laura has completed her certification in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy through Florida State University and finished a practicum at the Montreal Children's Hospital in the NICU, Canada's first hospital to establish a music therapy program in the NICU.
Her combined evidenced based approach and person-centered focus makes Laura an effective and compassionate music therapist who sees her clients achieve measurable and meaningful goals.
Laura's passion for using music therapy to improve the quality of life of families undergoing medical care led her to develop and establish a music therapy at Ronald McDonald House BC in Vancouver, where she worked with families experiencing a wide range of challenges and triumphs while supporting their child who needed the specialized care of BC Children’s Hospital.
Laura is motivated by a desire to see the smile a song can bring and to experience strengthened relationships through collaborative music making. She is thrilled to be joining the incredible team at Westmount Music Therapy as we expand our reach to the West Island as well as weekends in Westmount!
John FRANCOM, ADAPTED MUSIC TEACHER
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.