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Music and Music Therapy


Our music program offers a wide variety of experiences for students. All students participate in singing, movement and use Orff instruments to accompany their songs. Students also learn some basic music theory. All students in the upper grades play the recorder and must have their own recorder to use in music class. Students in grade 4-6 have the opportunity to be in choir, which runs every day 6 at lunch. The choir participates in the Winnipeg Music Festival, the Remembrance Day assembly and other special events. Our school is very lucky to have a set of Steel Drums or “Pans” to use for part of the year. All classes use these drums and have a lot of fun!! Every year, a small group of grade 6 students are chosen to be in our “Pantastic” steel band and do several performances. The school also has a set of Djembe drums. These spectacular African drums are used in the intermediate music program. The year is punctuated by various performances, such as the Winter Concert, assemblies, musicals (some years) and other special events. Students at Lord Roberts are very involved in the music program.

Music Therapy

Music therapy can be an integral component in assisting students with special needs to attain educational goals identified by his/her IEP team. Through collaboration with parents, school teachers, & other professionals, skills achieved through Music Therapy can be generalized to a student’s everyday life.​

What is Music Therapy?

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 Applications

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.

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