South Shore Conservatory

The Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH would like to give a special thank you to the South Shore Conservatory of Hingham, MA, for their thoughtful collaboration. Their sessions during the conference add a unique dimension to an already packed schedule of programs. We are so privileged that the South Shore Conservatory has chosen to share their creative gifts with us. And a special thank you to Jean Morse Jones, an SSC Overseer, for bridging our two organizations for this wonderful event.

Creative Arts Therapies Department

South Shore Conservatory’s Creative Arts Therapies (CAT) Department uses the arts and creative processes to help individuals maximize their abilities and improve health and wellness. Its team of board-certified therapists and highly qualified specialists provide music therapy, dance therapy and accessible yoga programs designed to maximize independence in the least restrictive environment. While some programs may be specific to individual needs, SSC strives to integrate all groups and classes. Specific programs include SSC Memory Café, Singing with Parkinson’s chorus, and SSC Community Voices chorus. All levels, abilities, and ages are welcome to participate. Professional Development rounds out the array of CAT services, with offerings that include Access and Accommodation, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Social/Emotional Learning through Music, and more.

Featured Speakers

Eve Montague

Director of Day Habilitation Services at New England Village; Director of Creative Arts Therapies at SSC

Eve Montague, MSM, MT-BC, is Director of Day Habiliation Services at New England Village, and most recently Director of Creative Arts Therapies at SSC. She received a degree in music education from the University of Western Ontario, music therapy equivalency from Western Michigan University, and Masters of Science in Management from Emmanuel College.

Eve is a board certified music therapist, with over 35 years of experience working with all ages and abilities, across diverse settings and programs. She is a highly regarded speaker and trainer, with expertise in program development, clinical supervision, and access and accommodation. She is an adjunct instructor at Northeastern Univesity as well as a regular instructor at Gordon College and guest lecturer at Berklee. She is Founder of SSC Community Voices, SSC Memory Cafes, and the ensemble, Singing with Parkinson’s. Eve is a trained facilitator in the Remo healthRhythms® drum protocol as well as the Alzheimer’s Association Habilitation Training protocol.

Meg Durkin, MS, E-RYT, RCYT

SSC Creative Arts Therapy program

Meg Durkin, MS, E-RYT, RCYT, is the founder of Mindfulness with Meg, a national ChildLight Yoga Trainer, a licensed Yoga 4 Classroom trainer, and a certified health coach.  Meg is a 200 hour adult Registered Yoga Teacher, and has received certificates in Brain Gym 170, and Yoga Ed.

She has a B.A. in American Studies from Middlebury College and a M.S. in Library & Information Studies from Simmons College. She recently took some courses to better serve her community. Her courses included Child Development, Abnormal Psychology and Anatomy & Physiology. She is a licensed Yoga 4 Classroom instructor. Meg has taught at South Shore Conservatory since 2009.

Catherine Kang

SSC Creative Arts Therapy program

A student at Berklee College of Music, Cathy Kang is a music therapy intern with the Creative Arts Therapies Department at South Shore Conservatory. During her student practicums, she worked with adults recovering from stroke or traumatic brain injury, adults with dementia, young adults with special needs, and children 18 months to three years old. As an intern, Cathy has worked with preschool, elementary, and middle schoolers; SSC Community Voices, SSC Memory Cafes, and the Singing with Parkinson’s ensemble. A retired U. S. Coast Guard officer, Cathy is pursuing music therapy as a second career.

Jocelyn Khoo, MT-BC

SSC Creative Arts Therapy program

Jocelyn Khoo, MT-BC holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in psychology, from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Malaysia, Jocelyn decided to pursue a music therapy career in the United States after learning about the profession from the novel ‘Sing You Home' by Jodi Picoult.

During her practicum experience at Berklee, Jocelyn had the opportunity to work with varied and diverse populations in different settings, including students and adults with special needs, adults with dementia, and homeless women in a women’s shelter program. She completed her clinical internship at Care Dimensions, providing music therapy services for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Jocelyn started with South Shore Conservatory in 2018.

Kaitlyn Mazzilli

SSC Creative Arts Therapy program

Kaitlyn Mazzilli is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Adaptive Dance and Drama teacher. She earned bachelor's degrees in Theater & Dance, as well as Psychology at Trinity College in 2011. Kaitlyn completed her master's degree in Dance/Movement Therapy with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University in 2014. She provides individual mental health counseling and community-based creative arts therapy services with Aspire Health Alliance. Kaitlyn joined South Shore Conservatory in 2017. She provides individual Dance/Movement Therapy sessions, group classes and therapy for SSC’s Memory Cafés. She has developed multiple programs for SSC, including Dancing with Friends, an adaptive dance class for kids, and Let's Get Moving! a dance/movement wellness program for seniors. In addition to her work with the Creative Arts Therapies Department, Kaitlyn also teaches hip hop dance, drama, and is on the ImagineARTS faculty.

Amanda Reopell, MT-BC

SSC Creative Arts Therapy program

Amanda Reopell, MT-BC has a degree in Clinical Music Therapy from Arizona State University and completed her internship at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Newton, MA. At Seasons, Amanda worked with patients and their families by offering quality of life and hospice care through the implementation of music and music therapy interventions. Amanda, a board-certified Music Therapist, has worked with many populations and has enjoyed each new experience as it comes her way. Amanda is a national and regional member of the American Music Therapy Association. She became a member of SSC's Creative Arts Therapies team in February 2014.

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