Centre for Music Therapy

Formerly Heartsparks Music Therapy

Our Mission

We believe in the transformative power of music and that through our love of music, combined with therapeutic training and creativity, we are able to make a positive difference in the mental, physical and spiritual health of individuals, families and communities. We regard each human being as unique; thus, our approach to each person will be tailored to their strengths and needs. Our goal is to create healthier and more joyful lives through music therapy.


What is music therapy?

Music Therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual domains.

– Canadian Association for Music Therapists


Music Therapy goals may include:

  • To improve self-esteem
  • To promote self-expression
  • To increase socialization
  • To participate in a safe emotional release
  • To participate in physical activity and motivate movement
  • To enhance mood
  • To create and maintain meaningful relationships
  • To participate in positive and meaningful social interaction
  • To promote relaxation (i.e. relieve pain, decrease agitation, and reduce anxiety)
  • To stimulate reminiscence (in older adults)
  • To improve mood, create a sense of enjoyment and enrich quality of life

Music Therapy Programs Offered

One on one sessions involve a variety of music experiences tailored to the participants unique interests, strengths and needs.

A variety of themed groups will be offered onsite at the MCPA beginning in Fall 2022.

(Stay tuned for details)

If your community organization, school, or facility is interested in creating a group that could benefit from music therapy, our music therapists can host your group onsite at the MCPA or come to your location.

Adapted lessons are a combination of fundamental music learning and therapeutic based goals. Lessons are tailored to the strengths, learning style, and unique needs of the individual. Adaptations can include specialized music notation, modified instrument tunings, physical adaptation of instruments, use of client preferred music, and attention to the sensory environment of the lesson space. Our music therapy faculty are able to provide adapted lessons in piano, guitar, ukulele, voice and flute.

Join Our Wait List

The MCPA will be accepting new clients beginning in September 2022 - please complete the following form to be added to our waitlist.

Faculty + Therapists

The MCPA has hired Certified Music Therapist, Anna Plaskett, as our new Music Therapy Department Head. Anna brings 18 years of experience working in the field of music therapy, both as a practitioner, music therapy internship supervisor, and business owner of Heartsparks Music Therapy. 

Stay tuned for a complete list of our music therapy faculty joining us from Heartsparks Music Therapy.


Experience the therapeutic benefits of music from our certified team, and live a joyful, more musical life.

From our hearts to yours, right here in Halifax.