Music Therapy at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts

Music TherapyThe Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts offers Music Therapy Sessions, Adapted Music Lessons and now their newest Music Therapy Program, ‘Disney on the Spectrum’ – a singing group for youth and teens on the autism spectrum.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy Sessions focus on providing an enjoyable music experience for your child while working to achieve their individual therapeutic goals. Each child is encouraged to explore musical activities that could include vocalization, singing, chanting, body percussion, exploring hand held musical instruments and assisted guitar and piano. behaviour. The therapist and child create music together, using the music as a tool to achieve successes in goal areas such as speech, motor and social behaviour. Music Therapy has been found to improve communication, form relationships, improve motor skills and reduce behavioural habits.

Music Therapy

Adapted Music Lessons

Do you have a child who loves music and wishes to learn an instrument but standard music lessons aren’t providing the opportunity for success? An appropriate option may be adapted music lessons where musical instruction is presented with adaptations to accommodate the needs of each individual student. The music therapist works with the individual on skills that may include increasing attention span, improving the ability to follow directions, regulating emotions and behaviour, and improving fine motor skills. The goal is to build confidence in these skills and provide the necessary tools for success to enable the student to move forward with regular music lessons.

Disney on the Spectrum

Disney on the Spectrum

‘Disney on the Spectrum’ is the newest music therapy program at the Conservatory and focuses on youth and teens on the autism spectrum. Disney is a special favourite for kids on the spectrum, with great singable melodies and topics and characters they can relate to. Led by music therapist and singing teacher Antonia Pigot, this group will learn to sing favourite Disney songs, explore their singing voice and discuss Disney themes with peers. The priority of this program is to experience self expression through singing and have fun with peers.

Disney on the Spectrum

When: September 27th – January 24th, 2018 (Thursdays)
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: The Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, 6199 Chebucto Road, Halifax
Phone: 902-423-6995
Cost: $48 per month + registration fee

Music Therapy



Music Therapist Antonia Pigot is an accredited music therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy and a Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT). She has been working with clients with special needs since 2007.

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