Accredited Music Therapists (MTAs) from the Victoria Conservatory of Music provide individual and group music therapy programs. Using music that is meaningful and familiar, music therapists provide sessions to meet the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of residents. Music therapy:
- promotes relaxation
- breaks through barriers to communication
- builds community and sense of belonging
- supports residents in their spirituality
- increases functioning: physically, cognitively, socially and musically
Group programs involve singing, song writing, reminiscence, instrument playing, and relaxation to music experiences. Individual music therapy sessions are provided to residents who are in need of one on one or palliative care. Therapists use adaptive technology, such a SoundBeam to enable residents with physical challenges to express themselves through music.