Music therapy is the prescribed, structured use of music, and/or music interventions provided by a trained professional music therapist to restore, maintain, and/or improve an individual’s physical, emotional, social, cognitive and psychological well-being. (Canadian Association for Music Therapy)
Students benefit by:
• Initiating interaction through music or musical instruments
• Attempting and completing tasks that are set to music
• Being able to retain information through song
• Improving behavior and social skills
• Using additional communication modalities
The Special Education Music Therapy Program provides weekly group programming for students in identified Special Education Programs in the Winnipeg School Division. Instrumental, singing, improvising, song-writing, and movement to music applications are created by a professional music therapist.
Music is always met with enthusiasm! It is a highly motivating tool to engage students and promote their development.
For example, students will:
• Learn academic concepts
• Interact with peers, using appropriate social skills
• Practice language skills & augmentative communication
• Learn to tolerate or enjoy environmental stimuli
• Practice listening, responding & choice-making
• Improve fine & gross motor skills
• Develop high self-esteem & increased confidence
• Learn self-calming & relaxation skills
• Participate in creative selfexpression
Instrument adaptations are available to students with special physical needs. Students require no previous experience or musical training in order to participate.