What We Offer
Individual and Group Music Therapy Sessions
Individual and group music therapy sessions are offered within the Halifax Regional Municipality by Heartsparks. We provide home or facility visits, as well as sessions out of our studio in downtown Dartmouth.
We specialize in working with:
Children, Youth & Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Because of its unique non-verbal form, music is often an ideal medium to reach individuals with special needs. Often music therapists work in conjunction with other members of a treatment team and find creative ways to help individuals to interact socially, develop verbal and non-verbal communication, encourage self-expression and creativity, promote sensory integration, increase attention span, facilitate learning of basic academic concepts, improve motor skills, and most importantly, improve self-concept.
Youth at Risk
Music therapy with teenagers has been described as “sneak therapy” because it is non-threatening in nature and is readily accepted without resistance. Through active music-making, youth are given the opportunity to find talents and strengths within themselves, which may otherwise go unrecognized. Activities such as listening to and discussing lyrics, private music lessons, song-writing, improvisation, using music technology, group music games, and musical art projects are very effective in helping youth to practice personal control, develop creative self-expression and promote meaningful social interaction. The more challenging the music therapy experience, the more pride the participant feels upon completion of the experience, and the healthier their self-concept will become.
Music therapy continues to help people even as they age. Seniors living on their own often become isolated, especially after a spouse passes away. Community music therapy groups with seniors can enhance communal integration and socialization through the singing of familiar songs, facilitated discussion, and reminiscence. For those in care, music listening and singing can provide stimulation and opportunities for self-expression. In particular, music therapy with those who display a decline in cognitive functioning, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, can provide personal stability, control, and comfort. This can lead to positive changes in mood, a sense of enjoyment and an enriched quality of life. Furthermore, music therapy with a senior client and family members is a unique and intimate experience. Singing, listening to music, and reminiscing together can provide emotional awareness, connection, and meaningful interaction.
Soundbeam is a 'touch free' device, which uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound. It allows individuals to create sounds and music in an accessible, personalized, and limitless manner. Regardless of previous musical experience, individuals can instantly make music and engage in creative expression on the Soundbeam. For more information on Soundbeam, visit: www.soundbeam.co.uk
Adaptive Lessons Adapted 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 instrument, and use of client preferred music. We currently provide adapted lessons in piano, guitar, and voice.