Children's Music & Music Therapy Monthly

Welcome to the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s
CMD and MTD Monthly


We are starting this fun and easy to read monthly blog post to bring news, Johanne_Brodeur_2015facts, information about both departments, share extraordinary people and moments, as well as give insight to our readers about the crucial impact that music has on our lives.

The MTD and CMD have both definite and unique richness. These departments offer magical musical experiences to the very young as well as those with various abilities and gifts.

May 2015 bring you health, happiness, and lots of music.
Happy reading.

Dr. Johanne Brodeur, Ph.D., MTA,
MTD and CMD Department Head

Leading Note

Marcelline Moody, Orff instructor, CMDMarcelline Moody

Where is home?
Born in Perth, married in England, arrived Winnipeg in 1970, moved to Victoria 7 years ago.

Earliest musical childhood memory?
Playing piano by ear when I was about 3.

Three highlights of your career?
1. Singing soprano solo in various major oratorios.
2. Being introduced to Orff Schulwerk
3. Spending a year in Salzburg at the Orff Institute.

What is your passion outside music?
Reading, gardening, decorating and keeping in contact with my children and grandchildren.

What do you love most about working at VCM?
The joy on the faces of the children that I teach, and watching their amazing  progress.

If you could meet anyone today, who would that be?
Ken Robinson, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Carl Orff.

What books are you reading at the moment?
Charles Dickens: “The Chimes”, and also “Fire In The East” By Harry Sidebottom – I love good historical fiction.

Any musical advice for parents?
Immerse your child in the arts, especially music and dance, and in a love of life-long learning, while having fun in a joyous and relevant way.

Biggest life lesson?
Respect for each person as an individual, especially children.


Thank you to Victoria Foundation

VCM StorytimeVictoria Foundation funded over 140 musical story times throughout the community. Over the course of 8 months, 2400 children benefited from the grant. Thank you to Victoria Foundation for their generous support!


Elias left handWe are all so proud of Elias using his left hand.  Elias has hemophilia, cerebral palsy and has a visual impairment. Elias attends music therapy weekly. He has also a tremendous sense if humour, loves to laugh and is always eager to learn.  Bravo Elias!

Music instead…
The Globe and Mail reported in June 2013 that Seniors’ homes are opting for strategies to cut anti-psychotic drug use.

Marie Slade, one of our VCM music therapist, works at Luther Court Society care home, where they were able to reduce the use of anti-psychotic medications by 50% in 6 months in 2011 through strategies such as music therapy, behaviour mapping, and effective pain management.

The new guide followed a report issued in December, 2011, by the provincial government that found 50.3 per cent of B.C. residential care patients had been prescribed an anti-psychotic over a 14-month study period – compared with 37 per cent a decade earlier.

Fun Facts
• The youngest student to register in the Children’s Music Department was just 17 days old!
• MTD offers sessions to over 1800 participants every week!
• George Harrison could play 26 different instruments; the VCM offers classes in over 50! What are
you waiting for? Enrol today!

Thank you to Variety – the Children’s Charity

Variety_SoundbeamVariety – The Children’s Charity donated funds for a new Soundbeam 5, Jamboxx and supporting technology to the new system. Soundbeam 5 is a musical instrument that uses motion sensors to translate body movements into music and sound. The VCM is thrilled to receive its new Soundbeam 5 with extra special thanks to Variety!



Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie

1 banana, preferably frozen
½ cup black beans
2 medjool dates, pitted
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp cocoa powder

Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with cocoa nibs if desired. Serve immediately.
1 tsp cinnamon

Juno Image for MTD post

Please visit our Music Therapy Department and our Children’s Music Department to learn more about the exciting ways you can make music a part of your life. Any questions please ask and we would be happy to chat.

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