Formerly Heartsparks Music Therapy
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 provide access to the healthy and joyful outcomes of a musical life.
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
The MCPA Music Therapy Program will serve individuals of all ages and abilities, including those with physical and developmental disabilities, autism, neurodiversity, brain injury, neurological disorders, mental health challenges, dementia and more. Individuals can be at any level of physical and cognitive functioning to participate in music therapy. Music therapy is concerned with the process of music making rather than the product and sessions are always designed to meet the individual needs of each person.
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.
Seniors in Song
‘Seniors in Song’ is a welcoming group that encourages singing and connecting with others. It is a unique social and musical experience, different from choral settings, that focuses on the process of music-making and how it makes us feel, rather than the product that we create. We sing to bring joy, we make music to connect, and we make friendships to last! Join us in song and socialize with others through meaningful music-making. No musical experience necessary!
Facilitator: Paige Morrissey, MTA
Location: Maritime Conservatory
Wednesdays, 10:00am – 11:30am
January 11th – March 1st, 2023 (8 sessions)
Cost: $80 (this group is partially funded by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia)
Maximum of 10 participants
To register call 902.423.6995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock N Talk
Rock N Talk is a social communication group designed for children with social, speech, and/or language delays. This program is theme-based and uses instruments, visuals, songs, and movement to provide children the opportunity to practice social and communication skills in a structured group setting. This group is also beneficial for those who use augmented communication devices, such as Proloquo2go. This is a fun and interactive group for parents and children to enjoy together.
Facilitator: Rachel Webster, MTA, NMT
Ages: 3-6 years
Location: Maritime Conservatory
Mondays, 4:00pm – 4:45pm
April 24th – June 19th, 2023 (8 sessions)
Maximum of 4 participants (group needs 3 registered to run)
To register call 902.423.6995 or email email@example.com
Adaptive 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.
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.
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.