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 provide access to the healthy and joyful outcomes of a musical life.

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.

To register call 902.423.6995, email or complete our online waitlist form here.

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.


Fall 2022 Group Offerings


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, Room 14
Mondays, 3:00pm – 3:45pm and 4:00pm – 4:45pm
October 17- December 19, 2022 (10 sessions)
Cost: $250
Maximum of 4 participants per group (each group needs a minimum of 3 registered to run)


Movie Music on the Spectrum

An online group for autistic teens who love the music and songs from popular movies such as Frozen, Aladdin, The Lion King, Moana, Encanto and more. Movie songs and storylines express a range of emotions and explore many themes, such as the value of being different and inspiration to strive for your goals. Teens will meet weekly on Zoom providing opportunities for social connection, relaxation and emotional expression through the animated life of popular movie music and songs.

Facilitator: Antonia Pigot, MTA, NMT

Ages: 13-18

Location: Online via Zoom platform

Tuesdays, 4:15pm – 5:00pm

October 4 – December 6, 2022 (10 sessions)

Cost: $180

Maximum 10 participants (needs 5 participants to run)


Seniors in Song

Group Music Therapy for seniors living in the community. For those who have felt isolated, this is an opportunity to connect with others through meaningful music-making. No musical experience necessary! Dementia and/or other diagnoses can be accommodated.

Facilitator: Paige Morrissey, MTA

Location: Maritime Conservatory (room TBD)

Wednesdays, 10:00am – 11:30am

September 21st – December 7th (12 sessions)

Cost: Free (Supported by the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia)

Maximum of 8 participants


To register call 902.423.6995 or email

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.

To register call 902.423.6995, email or complete our online waitlist form here.

Join Our Waitlist

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. 

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.