Dominelli School of Music - Group Therapy

Group Therapy

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