Adaptive Lessons

What are Adaptive Lessons? 

Many children with special needs or developmental diagnoses may struggle in a traditional music lesson where the teacher may not have the training to accomodate the child's learning style or adapt to behavioral, social or cognitive issues.  The primary goal of Adaptive Lessons in contrast to Music Therapy is to help these children with the acquisition of music skills.  In adaptive lessons, education and training in working with these populations is applied to provide the best possible music learning experience for the child.  While learning an instrument may benefit the child in other ways, the teacher is not addressing any treament goals related to the client's diagnosis. 

Adaptive Lessons May Be Best When:

  • ·The child wants to learn an instrument and has tried traditional lessons, but did not have a successful experience due to behavioral, verbal, cognitive or other difficulties that the teacher was unable to work with.
  • ·The child has already received Music Therapy treatment for some time (or other outside treatment), treatment goals have been met or are in the process of being met, and the parent(s) and therapist agree that the child is now ready for adaptive lessons.

For more information please contact Andrea at 902-469-7193 (ext.2) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Our Music Therapist: Amy MacDonald 

amymusictherapistMusic has always been a part of Amy’s life. From the age of 7, she began taking piano lessons from Andrea’s Music Studio which she stayed in for several years until graduating high school. She then went on to begin her first year at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Amy graduated with her Bachelor of Music Therapy degree in 2015. During her time at Acadia, she studied piano, guitar, voice, and drumming. Her musical concentration was in classical piano studies, and she competed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory.  Amy completed her music therapy internship at Cedarstone Enhanced Care in Truro NS, a long-term care facility where she worked with clients facing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, MS, and depression. She also worked with groups of preschool-age children with developmental delays such as autism, and cerebral palsy. Amy is currently also an instructor of piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele at Andrea’s Music Studio, and is the director of the Hammonds Plains studio. Amy has completed all the requirements to become a board-certified music therapist, and is a candidate to write the board certification exam in the near future.