What is music therapy?
The Canadian Association of Music Therapy defines music therapy as a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA*) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being.
“Music therapy is the use of sounds and music within an evolving relationship between client/patient and therapist to support and develop physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being” (Bunt, 2003).
Who could benefit from music therapy?
Music therapy at the Beckett School at Laurier is available for individuals with:
Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders
Mental health challenges
Neurocognitive disorders (Dementia, Parkinson’s, and Traumatic Brain Injury)
Music therapy services are also available for:
Victims of abuse
Teens at risk
Individuals seeking personal growth
Music therapy can be used to meet client-specific goals and improve skills in areas such as language-specific goals in verbal communication, social skill development, sensory issues, perceptual and motor skills, behavior, cognition, and personal independence.
Therapeutic Music Education
Everyone has the ability to learn and experience music, but a traditional lesson structure or format may not work for every person desiring music education. The potential for therapeutic music education arises from the overlapping space between the fields of music therapy and music education and provides each individual the opportunity for music study using a lesson format adapted to the specific needs of the individual.
Group Music Therapy available on request.