Allison Hay 

Allison Hay is a Music Therapist at St.Amant. She graduated with an after-degree in Music Therapy from the Canadian Mennonite University in 2010. In 2017, she traveled to Toronto to complete her training in Neurologic Music Therapy. She specializes in working with adults with Developmental Disabilities and Autism. Allison is also a mom, a lover of the outdoors and she can’t stop making kombucha!


Jenny-Lynn Reid

Jenny-Lynn Reid is a Speech-Language Pathologist at St.Amant. She graduated with a Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 2017. She currently supports adults with Developmental Disabilities and Autism at St.Amant and in the community.


Session: Virtual Music Instrument – Unleash your creativity with the VMI

If you or someone you support enjoys making music on your own or with others but might not have formal music training, this workshop is for you! This interactive workshop will give you the tools and confidence to create your own music with fun visuals using technology as simple as a laptop and webcam!

The VMI or Virtual Music Instrument was designed in Toronto, Canada by an interdisciplinary team at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. This interface allows people to create music without having to hold and manipulate an instrument. Instead, the technology translates physical gestures and movements into musical sounds and fun visuals.

In this workshop, you will learn how to access the technology, how to use it with different types of computers and equipment, try out lots of sound samples, and walk through the entire process of creating your own musical soundscape. Not only will you enjoy examples of how the VMI is used as a clinical tool, you will see how easy it is to use this software for fun, creativity and social enjoyment. With the VMI, making music is as easy as smiling, giving a thumbs up or tapping your toe, so let’s get moving!