Dominelli School of Music - Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music has the power to foster social skills, improve speech and language delays, elicit emotions and allow for connection. Music therapy uses the power of music to support individuals in various stages and phases of their lives. Accredited music therapists (MTAs) support people to reach their individualized therapeutic goals. Music therapy can now be found in a variety of settings such as long-term care homes, schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and in private home visits. MTAs require a minimum bachelor’s degree, 1000-hour internship, as well as passing a board certification exam.

To create goals a music therapist will first assess a client and then will create a treatment plan based on each individual and their specific needs. Music therapy can address a wide variety of needs. For example, a goal in the social domain may include appropriate communication with peers or improving interaction abilities. A music therapist may use music to help improve memory and attention to tasks and increase the ability to identify and express emotions. Music therapy also can be used to decrease pain and aid in motor skills and mobility. Best of all, music therapy requires no musical ability to receive its benefit.

At Dominelli School of Music, we offer private and group music therapy sessions. A private music therapy session can offer a space for a client to create trust and familiarity with a therapist and to work on goals one on one. Group music therapy sessions allow clients to create bonds, receive encouragement, and build community and connection. This year, these sessions will be facilitated by a music therapy intern under the supervision of an accredited music therapist.

Melissa is a music therapy intern and student who has just finished completing her classes at Capilano University in North Vancouver. While in Vancouver, Melissa had the privilege of doing music therapy practicums with seniors, children with disabilities, and adults with brain and spinal cord injuries. Melissa is now completing her 1000-hour internship, at Dominelli School of Music and with seniors at a care home, before taking her board certification exam next summer and finishing her degree in music therapy. Melissa will be supported by Nadine Veroba, Accredited Music Therapist.

Winter 2020
In the winter of 2020, Dominelli School of Music will be offering the following group sessions:

Music Therapy for Supporting Various Needs
All children are welcome in Music Therapy at Dominelli School of Music. Music therapists are trained to identify the needs and goal areas of individuals. This music therapy group may focus on the following needs, determined based on the needs of the specific individual or group:

Speech and Language
Formation of words and sounds
The flow of speech and sentences
Slurred or mumbled speech
Rate of speech

Social Skills
Making and maintaining eye contact
Having reciprocal conversations with peers
Turn Taking
Increasing appropriate social interaction
Interpreting social cues from peers
Making and maintaining friendships

Fine and Gross Motor Development
Hand-eye coordination
Manipulating and gripping objects
Performing various movements with the body (walking, jumping, climbing)
Gait training

Building self-confidence and self esteem
Emotional regulation
Experiencing meaningful musical experiences in an inclusive environment

Music Therapy for Children with Autism
This music therapy group will focus on the needs of children with autism, specifically. Some of those need areas may include:
Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds and smells
Adapting to changes in routine
Supporting speech or delayed language development
Decreasing repetition of words, phrases, or behaviours
Making and maintaining friendships
Recognizing social cues, or others’ thoughts or feelings, and maintaining eye contact
** Children with autism may enroll in the autism specific or general music therapy sessions, depending on where the child will find the most success