Music Therapy

“I remember my first practicum placement while studying in university; it was in a long term care facility working with Alzheimer’s patients. There was one gentleman who was very agitated, frustrated, and angry that he was unable to remember where he was or his family. It took a number of minutes to convince him to attend the music therapy group being held at the end of the hall, however through some persuasion, he slowly made his way down to the group. I will never forget his reaction to the music as soon as it began. It was as though a wave of clarity washed over him. Playing old familiar songs unlocked his memories, he became calm, clear, smiled, and was able to sing, remember, and engage in relevant conversation. I thought to myself after the group ended, how lucky am I to be able to give someone such clarity/peace, even for a moment. I knew from then on, from the look in his eyes, from his smile, that music therapy was meant for me. It is an honour and a gift that I am privileged to share with others.”

-Courtney Radbourne

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a medium for change. It helps the client re-connect with themselves and forms a healing relationship with the music therapist. This relationship is created and enhanced through the use of music and musical elements. It takes one’s mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health into account. Goals and Objectives are created and designed to concentrate on each person’s needs and developmental area of focus.

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Benefits of Music Therapy

  • Music therapy does not require any musical training, it is geared to any age and ability, therefore everyone is able to benefit from it.
  • Works both sides of the brain
  • Enhances quality of life
  • Improves recall and memory ability
  • Improves awareness and concentration
  • Addresses anxiety and reduces tension
  • Creates opportunities for learning
  • Creates opportunities for leadership roles
  • Aids in communication and self-expression both verbally and non-verbally
  • Speech Development
  • Behavioural Difficulties
  • Outlet for Emotions and Creativity
  • Offers Choice
  • A Sense of Normality (for those in hospital or in a facility)
  • Increases Self-esteem
  • Promotes Socialization
  • Relaxation
  • Pain Control
  • Motor Skills and Coordination
  • Gate Training

These areas can be addressed in a one-to-one or group sessions.

Music Therapy Techniques

  • Music Listening
  • Lyric Discussion
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Song Writing
  • Improvisation
  • Singing and Playing Instruments
  • Recording

Service Fees

A schedule of fees is available from the music therapist upon request.