WHICH IS RIGHT FOR US?
When considering whether to enrol your child in Music Therapy or Adapted Music Lessons, consider what main goal areas you would like the program to address. Both programs have musical and non-musical benefits and the main difference lies in the intention. Adapted Music Lessons focus on musical goals (ex. learning to play the piano) while Music Therapy focuses on non-musical goals (ex. social skills).
WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?
"Music Therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains."
Canadian Association of Music Therapists
MUSIC THERAPY SESSIONS
Each Music Therapy program is uniquely designed based on the student's abilities and interests. Our accredited music therapist uses a variety of music-based interventions chosen to work on the goals and objectives determined with the student and their family. Example goal areas include: engagement, sharing/taking turns, fine/gross motor skills, self-expression, dynamic thinking.
If you have any questions or would like to set up a free consultation, please contact Café Music School.
Many people express interest in learning to play a musical instrument, but struggle in traditional lessons where the teacher does not necessarily have the experience to support their learning needs. Our adapted music lessons program is run by an accredited music therapist who specializes in tailoring instruction to both challenge the student and set them up for success. Lessons include a wide variety of activities designed to teach musical concepts, encourage creativity, and nurture the student's love of music. Adaptations are incorporated as needed to support social, communication, behavioural, motor, and other needs.
Examples of these adaptations include, but are not limited to:
Focusing on the individual's preferred songs and music genres rather than working through the standard lesson books
Using visual aids (ex. colours, props, schedules) and hands-on, engaging activities (ex. games, movement)
Incorporating technology such as GarageBand, Yousician, and other apps
Exploring collaborative music making (ex. how to make music with peers)
Focusing on musical exploration, improvisation, songwriting, and/or music recording
Using adapted instruments
Incorporating sensory supports and movement breaks
Learning musical concepts on a variety of instruments (ex. guitar, drums, piano, xylophone)
If you have any questions or would like to set up a free consultation, please contact Cafe Music School.