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Music therapy day at 4TH SPACE

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This event is free




J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Room LB-103



Music therapy day at 4TH SPACE

It’s Music Therapy day at 4TH SPACE. Listen to a choir, engage with practitioners-researchers and experience first-hand the benefits of music therapy by participating in workshops led by professional therapists. No previous experience in music needed!


Music show: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“Singing our life” by the MusiArt Group

Le Groupe MusiArt is a performing arts choir from the McGill University Health Centre’s Department of Psychiatry. Founded in October 1998 at the Montreal General Hospital, the group’s mission is to educate the public about mental health issues. Under the musical direction of Dany Bouchard, the group includes outpatients and a pianist that aim to improve and maintain mental health through creative expression, enhance well-being and promote self-esteem in its members.

Bouchard studied music therapy at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). Since 2006, he is working with adults living with mental health issues at the McGill University Health Centre and Les Impatients, a mental health foundation.

Workshop: 12 to 1 p.m.
“Music and Mindfulness”

With the guidance of music therapists Stephen Venkatarangam on sitar and modular synthesizers, and Annabelle Brault on modular, synthesizers and voice, this music and mindfulness workshop will use the evocative melodies of the classical Indian string instrument and electronic soundscapes to create a calming space to unwind and quiet the mind.

The workshop starts with a simple breathing exercise and — as the music begins — listeners sit and breathe mindfully and/or move in any way that feels comfortable. This event is bilingual.

Brault is a resource-oriented music therapist, musician, researcher and educator. A full-time music therapy lecturer at Concordia, she is interested in the use of music technology as a creative medium to instill social change, promote equity and facilitate wellness.

Venkatarangam is a multi-instrumentalist and culture-centred music therapist. He is currently a PhD candidate in Concordia’s INDI program researching the use of classical Indian music — raga — in mindfully informed music therapy experiences.

Workshop: 1 to 2 p.m.
“Music Improvisation”

Explore and play musical instruments for self-care and to release tension. Various instruments will on site and Guylaine Vaillancourt, a certified music therapist, will lead the improvisation. No musical background needed!

Vaillancourt is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia. Her interests are related to mentoring, social justice and community music therapy, as well as arts-based and participatory action research.

Information session: 2 to 3 p.m.
“What is music therapy?”

Learn how music therapy can help people living with diverse emotional, psychological, physical, cognitive and social abilities through a cooperative process of discovery.

Film: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Gift of Music/Le cadeau de la musique

“There are no medications that can bring back the past, deepen relationships, increase quality of life, and nourish the heart, body, mind and soul — but music therapy can and does,” Dennis Castle said. That’s the premise of this film about the impact of music therapy. In English with French subtitles.

This series of events is led by Vaillancourt in collaboration with Concordia’s Arts in Health Research Collective, and presented with the support of the Health Initiative at Concordia.

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