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Music Therapy

Music Therapy

About the Program

Music Therapy is a discipline in which music and musical elements are used to promote, support and restore mental, physical, and emotional health and wellbeing. Music therapists address needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.

Music Therapy at the PERFORM Centre is provided by a Concordia University Music Therapy internship student. Availabilities depend on the internship student's academic calendar.

* No musical experience is required to participate

* Duration of each session is 60 minutes

Goals & Benefits

Music Therapy can help people cope with:
  • Chronic/acute pain
  • Chronic illness/disease
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s/dementia
  • Neurological disorders
  • CVA
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Developmental disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Grief / loss

 

Types of Sessions

One-to-One Sessions:

One-to-One sessions are for individualls seeking treatment for a specific issue such as those listed above.

Group Sessions:

The PERFORM Centre’s Music Support Group offers a community experience and opportunity for social connection among stroke survivors. With the facilitation of a music therapist intern, it is a space for individuals to meet and work with others in an environment that is hope-oriented, non-judgmental, and fun.

Sessions may include:
  •    Singing ​
  •    Songwriting ​
  •    Instrument
  •    Playing Improvisation
  •    Movement to Music
  •    Music Listening
  •    Musical Discussion and Analysis
  •    Relaxation

 

Group Sessions

Group Sessions offered are dependent on the student intern's experience and specialty. Group sessions that may be offered include TBI (traumatic brain injury) or Chronic Pain management.

TBI Group may include people living with concussion, stroke, Parkinson's or injury to the brain.

Music is a beneficial and effective rehabilitation tool for people living with TBI. Musical elements such as rhythm and melody have been proven to enhance brain structure by promoting neuroplasticity and brain reorganization. Music may be used to address and support several areas, including:

  • Speech and Language
  • Range of Motion
  • Relaxation
  • Emotional Wellbeing

 

Chronic Pain Group may include people living with inflammatory diseases such as arthritis or autoimmune diseases. Music Therapy may be used to address and support the following:

  • Nurturing the strengths, resources and potentials of individuals 
  • Highlighting the therapeutic abilities of music and educating on how to use music as a resource
  • Empowering individuals to share their story in an aesthetic way

 

Group sessions offers a community experience and opportunity for social connection among people affected with similar issues. With the facilitation of a music therapist intern, it is a space for individuals to meet and work with others in an environment that is hope-oriented, non-judgmental, and fun.

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