Music Therapy FAQs

What is Music Therapy?
Who can benefit?
Who have you worked with?
What are your areas of specialty?
What is your availability? 
What does a music therapy session look like?
What are your fees? 
How do I sign up?
Where can I find more information about music therapy?
Is there research to support music therapy?

What is Music Therapy (MT)?

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. 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.

Canadian Association for Music Therapy / Association de Musicothérapie du Canada Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 6, 1994

Who can benefit?

Here is a list of some of the individuals who can benefit from music therapy:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • AIDS
  • Autism and other Pervasive Development Disabilities
  • Critical Care
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Emotional Traumas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Mental Health
  • Neonatal Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Pain Control
  • Palliative Care
  • Personal Growth
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teens at Risk
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Visual Impairments

Who have you worked with?

Michelle has worked with a variety of populations in various settings.  Some of her work has included but is not limited to:

  • Acute Hospitalized Adolescents/ Intensive Care Unit
  • School Readiness Parent/Child Programs
  • At-risk Youth
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Developmental Delays
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Rehabilitation

What are your areas of specialty?

  • Acute Pediatric Hospitalization (including Neo-Natal)
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • At-Risk Children and Adolescents
  • Parent/Child Programs
  • Physical Rehabilitation

What is your availability?

I will be offering two types of services, on-site (1700 Corydon Ave.) and off-site (your house, school, community centre etc.). Off-site services will take place at a time that is convenient for both you and Michelle. Click here to view complete studio schedule.

If you are looking for on-site services, but those dates/times don’t work for you, please contact Michelle as she might be able to open up studio space on a different time and day of the week.

What does a music therapy session look like?

Music therapy sessions are individually created to meet the needs and strengths of the client(s).  A typical session lasts anywhere from 25-60 minutes using a variety of instruments and technology to assist in meeting the desired goals of the session.  Music therapists can be part of the client’s interdisciplinary team and will prepare a treatment plan as well as session notes, which can be shared upon request.

What are your fees?

Individual Music Therapy

On-Site Fee:
½ hour = $30
¾ hour = $45
1 hour  = $60

Group Music Therapy

Pricing for Summer Group Music Therapy sessions range between $147-168 dollars depending on day of the week you choose services.

How do I sign up?

If you or someone you know is interested in signing up for music therapy or for more information, please contact Michelle via email or phone (204) 800-1332.

Where can I find more information about music therapy?

Canadian Association of Music Therapy
American Music Therapy Association
Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU MT)
Canadian Mennonite University

Is there research to support music therapy?

Yes, there is a breadth of research supporting music therapy. Below is a list of some of the journals who publish articles related to music therapy. If you are looking for an article on a specific topic please contact Michelle and she will try to assist you.

Australian Journal of Music Therapy
British Journal of Music Therapy
Canadian Journal of Music Therapy
Journal of Music Therapy
Music Therapy Perspective