WVU Launching Inclusive Music Therapy and Musical Theatre Program

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WVU Launching Inclusive Music Therapy and Musical Theatre Program

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Music and theatre are collaborative. They break down barriers and create a team-oriented environment. For children, music and theatre are especially empowering, as they even the playing field and open opportunities for common interests and social engagement.

The WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities and the WVU Music Therapy program are working together with the WVU School of Medicine to launch the new inclusive music therapy and musical theatre program, DreamCatchers. The program will provide children ages 5-18 of all abilities the opportunity to participate in an extra-curricular musical theatre experience in an exciting, safe and supportive environment for self-expression at low cost to families.

Classes will be held once a week in Morgantown at the WVU College of Creative Arts from September 2017 through April 2018. The group will train and practice for a musical performance of the show, "On the Other Side of the Fence," that will debut in April 2018. The musical, written by Andrea Green, is intended to encourage “diverse groups to explore and understand their differences, realize their similarities and find understanding and mutual respect.

Participation in DreamCatchers will allow all students to use the life skills that are inherent to music and theatre production that help foster and maintain social cohesion, interaction and understanding among families and children with and without disabilities. Kids will sing and dance, while learning new skills and building lasting friendships.

For more information or to register, visit http://musictherapy.cedwvu.org/dreamcatchers-fall-2017.

Melina Danko