Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?

 Music Therapy is the implemenation of music-based activities to address cognitive, emotional, behavioral, developmental, neurological and other psychiatric or physical needs by a Board-Certified Music Therapist who has received the research-based education and training necessary to design and implement Music Therapy interventions.  We address the same goals that might be addressed by Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Phycial Therapists, traditional counseling therapists and other professionals, and often work alongside them as part of a larger treatment strateg.  Music Therapists are trained to use a variety of techniques including, but not limitied to, instrument improvisation, songwriting, lyric analysis, and movement or relation to music to address the needs of their clients and help them meet their treatment goals.  Clients may learn musical skills incidentally as part of Music Therapy treatment, but this is not the primary objective of the Music Therapist. 

Music Therapy May Be Indicated When:

  • ·The child is already receiving treatment with other types of therapists, but seems especially interested in, sensitive to or connected with music. A child who is naturally drawn to music may receive special benefit from a treatment strategy that includes Music Therapy. This may also be helpful with children who seem bored, disinterested or not engaged in more traditional therapies, as music can arouse their interest and feel more like play.
  • ·The child may be a candidate for adaptive lessons at a later stage, but does not currently have the verbal, social, behavioral or cognitive skills necessary for even adaptive lessons. A Music Therapist can address these goals in treatment, with one objective being to ready the child for adaptive lessons in the future.
  • ·The child is not interested in learning an instrument and/or the parents’ focus is primarily exploring avenues of treatment for their child. Again, Music Therapy is designed to meet treatment goals, not to teach music skills, regardless of a child’s interest in or aptitude for music.
  • ·The child or parent want learning music skills to be a part of the treatment, but also want to ensure that the Therapist is specifically working to address treatment goals as well. Learning music skills can be part of a Music Therapy session, but the Music Therapist is also deliberately working on therapeutic skill-building, symptom reduction, etc.

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.