Creative Music Making 2018

Now in its ninth year, Creative Music Making (CMM) gathered Arc participants, St. Louis Symphony musicians, and Maryville University music therapy students for three harmonious days of music. Thirty individuals participated this year, ranging in ages from 21 to 81, culminating with a performance at Maryville University on the evening of March 7.

Creative Music Making is a unique program in which Arc participants spend two days creating music with the assistance of professional musicians, music therapy students, and board certified music therapist, Jaime Wilhite. The theme this year was We Are the World. Participants were put into three groups, with each individual group focusing on a different aspect of the theme: togetherness, kindness, and the future.

Couldn’t Stop Smiling

Clinton Hall, Coordinator of Leisure Services, enjoys working on Creative Music Making each year. “This program amazes me each year. Music provides an opportunity for individuals to show their creativity and individuality. One of the CMM participants, Armon, typically is very reserved and quiet. On the evening of the performance I watched as Armon sang the words to every song, and then performed a solo in one of the songs. His mom was just as surprised as I was and couldn’t stop smiling.”

The St. Louis Arc and our participants are grateful for the continued partnership and time given by the St. Louis Symphony and their musicians, and Maryville University and their music therapy students, and the very talented Jaime Wilhite. A special thank you to Parkside Grille for its donation of lunch.

Interested in finding the joy in music and movement? Join one of the Arc’s programs:

Creative Music Making

Adult Music

Dance Clubs

For more information on available music-focused programs, please contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293.