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From introductory Drum Circle classes to advanced rockin' bands, we love making MUSE-ic together! New musicians - ask about our private lessons!
Our unique community is a mix of musicians, artists, students, teachers, parents, friends, and families who all have one thing in common: we LOVE making music!
Nothing beats jamming to some of your favorite tunes with a gorup of friends. In addition to our practices and concerts, the MUSE community gets together for fun social events!
The Music, Unity & Social Expansion (MUSE) Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Boston, MA. The mission of MUSE is to promote and foster social connection through music. We currently faciliate two bands, a drum circle, and teach private music lessons. We also facilitate social events for neurodiverse adults.
Mariah McElwee is a singer and songwriter from Brookline, MA. She's been writing lyrics her entire life and has recently began adding the ukulele to translate them into original songs! She is working on finishing her first EP, which will be released sometime within the next year!

Mariah is also the guitarist for the band The Next Big Thing. Originally joining the band as a vocalist, Mariah picked up the guitar in the spring of 2016. In only a year she has learned how to properly sing into a microphone and learned basic open chord shapes on the guitar.

Mariah has performed in 5 different concerts: The Sound of MUSE-ic Concert (Spring 2016), BTC Teenstock (Summer 2016), Special Olympics Tournament of Champions (Summer 2016), Winter MUSE-Fest (Fall 2016), and the Community Forum at All Saints Parish (Winter 2017). Way to go Mariah!

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Music has been shown to accelerate the rate at which social bonds form, a phenomenon called "the ice-breaker effect." We believe that small music ensembles provide the perfect opportunity to foster social connections!

Playing music with a group requires the coordination of time, behaviors, and goals between all of its members that goes far beyond every day interactions; being a part of a band teaches flexibility, cooperation, and confidence.

MUSE students meet every week to practice together in a drum circle or full band, learning songs from the genres of Classic Rock to Pop. Each small group ensemble (6 or less students) is facilitated by the music director and at least two music instructors.  MUSE firmly believes in the power that music can have in building camaraderie between peers. MUSE students are also invited to participate in frequent music or non-music related social events, which may include other community members.

Students of all abilities are welcomed and accommodated!


By Susan Senator, Dec. 8, 2018

“Oh, your son’s autistic?” people ask me. I wait a beat for the predictable next question: “Have you tried  . . . ?” Always the implication that he needs help, poor thing. All of my son Nat’s life, people — well-meaning, of course — have sent me articles about the therapy of the month, the one thing that cured so-and-so. Nat’s now 28, and I have looked into so much that eventually I stopped looking...


By Alicia Landsburg, Nov. 30th 2016

The Music, Unity & Social Expansion (MUSE) Foundation is bringing music weekly to the Brookline Teen Center, pounding away on drums and rehearsing with two bands for their upcoming Winter Muse-Fest on December 18. The mission of MUSE, a Boston-based non-profit, is to foster social connections among young adults of all abilities through performing music......

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By Laura Lovett, Sep.. 13th 2016

The gentle melody of "Hey Jude" echoes through the crowds outside the Special Olympics arena in Marlborough. The musicians play an assortment of instruments: violin, guitar, drums and vocals. Members from the audience join in, clapping along to the steady beat.

"It is one of those rare organizations which serves the students with disability," said Dr. Eswar Sundar, whose son is a member of the band. "Students with disability often have great music ability and it is often an untapped strain." ....