This year, TMA started a new program called Musical Autist Troupe. This is when autistic people and community members come together, share songs, learn songs, and eventually perform them. I would like to tell you about my personal experience in this program and promote the next cycle. I feel like I can make music and be a leader when I come to Troupe. I play songs that are meaningful to me, and I share them with my friends. We can share songs either by playing them live on our instruments or playing a recording from a mobile device. Sometimes, we even chose one of these songs for an upcoming performance. Some songs that we have performed in the past are “Speak Life” by TobyMac, “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara, and “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman. I really enjoy coming to Troupe because I can express myself when I share songs.
Our next Troupe cycle will begin on January 15 and will run to May 14. Musical Autist Troupe meets on Tuesday nights at Maryland Hall in room 200. The older Troupe, ages 13 to 25, meets from 4-5:15. The younger Troupe, ages 8 to 13, meets from 5:30-6:30. We hope that more people will sign up for Troupe this year so that we can have more participants and performances. If you or your child has musical interest, please be sure to sign up on The Musical Autist website or the Maryland Hall website.
Thank you for supporting The Musical Autist and please be sure to come and join us for our next Troupe cycle! If you want to learn more about Troupe, please see my previous blog post, “5 Things to Expect at Musical Autist Troupe”. We hope to see you there as we strive to increase our repertoire of songs & performances in 2019.