"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words."

Victor Hugo

Our Mission
To provide high quality and ethical music therapy services to every client.
Our Vision
To provide treatment in an enjoyable and motivating environment, allowing every client to connect to their creative self, thereby increasing or maintaining wellbeing.

Populations

Reasons for seeking music therapy

  • Cancer care
  • Burn care
  • Pain management
  • Surgical and procedural support
  • Brain injuries
  • Respiratory care
  • General inpatient care
  • Palliative care

Common goals

  • Relieve pain
  • Reduce heart rate and respiratory rate during medical procedures
  • Enhance freedom of expression
  • Reduce fear
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Promote positive, playful, and supportive interactions
  • Foster independence
  • Caregiver support

Common interventions

  • Music listening
  • Music and art
  • Music games
  • Music relaxation
  • Spontaneous music-making
  • Singing preferred songs
  • Songs of kin
  • Song writing

Reasons for seeking music therapy

  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Developmental speech and language disorders
  • Attentional deficits
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioural and interpersonal difficulties
  • Sensory impairment
  • Physical disabilities

Common goals

  • Increased engagement
  • Promote verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Promote socialization
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Promote academic learning
  • Develop attention span
  • Develop appropriate social behaviour

Common interventions

  • Music education
  • Singing
  • Music listening
  • Music games
  • Instrumental improvisation
  • Song creation

Reasons for seeking music therapy

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis
  • Survivors of trauma
  • PTSD
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance use disorders
  • General wellness

Common goals

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased interpersonal skills
  • Stabilization in order to function in daily living
  • Processing of extreme emotions
  • Develop coping skills
  • Process past trauma
  • Promote leisure skills
  • Develop abstract thinking
  • Improve ability to relate to others
  • Develop problem-solving skills
  • Increased reality orientation

Common interventions

  • Music and imagery
  • Music relaxation
  • Music and movement
  • Music listening
  • Music and art
  • Improvisation
  • Group drumming
  • Music performance
  • Lyric substitution
  • Song writing

Reasons for seeking music therapy

  • Dementia
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Palliative care
  • Physical disability
  • Caregiver support

Common goals

  • Develop breath support
  • Support emotional expression
  • Encourage consistent environmental responses
  • Develop communication skills
  • Gait development
  • Support memory retrieval
  • Decrease agitation
  • Support activities of daily living

Common interventions

  • Music and movement
  • Music relaxation
  • Musical life review
  • Musical sensory stimulation
  • Music improvisation
  • Lyric analysis
  • Songwriting
  • Singing familiar songs
  • Therapeutic music education

Music Therapy in Pediatrics

Grand River Hospital, 2018: This video was created in partnership with the Grand River Hospital where I completed part of my clinical internship. At the hospital, I provided music therapy for children in the inpatient and outpatient pediatric units, during painful procedures, while waiting for a stressful appointment, or to offer positive experiences during a long hospital stay.

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