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The Victoria Conservatory of Music has one of the Music-Wellness-VCMlargest and most respected Music Therapy programs in North America.  With 30+ years’ experience working with Music Therapy clients of all ages, Department Head Dr. Johanne Brodeur, has recently guided the development of a new suite of classes for older adults, that focus on all of the “Wellness” benefits that engaging with music can offer.

Recent research indicates that adults of any age, engaging weekly in customized musical activities, show improvement in both their physical and mental health, as they enjoy activities that engage and strengthen the mind and body.  Improved memory, self-balance, breathing, and ability to multi-task are only a few of the benefits gained, in addition to having the chance to socialize, and make music together.

MUSIC WELLNESS classes, developed by the Victoria Conservatory of Music Centre for Music Wellness Presented by PARC Retirement Living, are customized into 6-week modules, and are 45 minutes in length.  Activities include movement to music, improvising through music instruments, singing along with tunes spanning from the 1910’s to the 1970’s, making music with handbells, creating a group Radio Play, and relaxing with music.


Priced affordably, all classes take place on Mondays, ensuring the week gets off to a great start!

Registration is offered through the VCM’s Online system, or by calling during regular office hours at 250-386-5311, or by visiting in person.


6-week term of a single class = $63 + $2.25 transaction fee
Multi-class pass – for FOUR classes of your choice = $52  + $2.25 transaction fee
One-off class registration = $15  + $2.25 transaction fee

Module 1: September-October

Class dates: September 11, 18, 25;  October 2, 16, 23  (No Class October 9 – Thanksgiving)
Location:  VCM – Downtown, room 113 on the main floor
Instructor:  Aisling Ryan-Aylward

Radio Play
Mondays, 9:30-10:15am
Each week work on a group recording project, but start every class with an exercise (speech arts style) but also do some theme days –such as Halloween –how to make your recording  creepy, suspenseful/ scary, etc. You will receive a recording of your group’s Radio Play.

Jukebox Sing Along
Mondays, 10:15-11:00am
Sing Along with Tunes from the 1910’s to the 1970’s accompanied by Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, and a variety of percussive instruments.

Back to Basics
Mondays, 11:00-11:45am
Satisfy your inner musician and student as we explore playing a variety of musical and percussive instruments from around the world, engaging in-group song writing, and experiencing various improvisational approaches. 

Module 2: November-December  REGISTER NOW!

Class dates: November 6, 20, 27 December 4, 11, 18 Holidays: Nov 13 Remembrance Day (observed)
Location:  VCM – Downtown, room 113 on the main floor
Instructor:  Aisling Ryan-Aylward

Escape the Chaos, take a Music Break
Mondays, 9:30-10:15am
Take a break and escape into our array of drums, world instruments, Handbells, percussion, and more as we explore a variety of improvisational techniques.

Holiday Season Sing Along
Mondays, 10:15-11:00am
From traditional carols to Santa Claus to spin the dreidle to modern renditions. Bring your holiday spirit, family or friends and enjoy some seasonal music.

45 minutes of a Silent Night
Mondays, 11:00-11:45 am
Need a break from the holiday preparation? Come join us for 45 minutes of relaxing music, mantra writing, mandala drawings, and various other relaxation techniques and approaches.

Hello, Thank you for your interest in our Music Therapy program.

Music Therapy Fees

In-House Sessions: $79.80 per hour
Institutional/Community: $64.00 per hour + mileage fees

The hourly rate is the same for private and group sessions.

Calendar Terms
Programs run continuously throughout the year. The Music Therapy department has 3 terms:

  • September – January
  • February – June
  • July – August

For further information regarding registration please contact: Department Head: Dr. Johanne Brodeur 250.386.5311 ext 1030


The VCM’s state-of-the-art Multi-Sensory Studio offers a peaceful retreat for music therapy participants. This is a studio where one can create, express themselves, find respite from their daily anxiety or pain, meditate and use guided imagery techniques. The equipment in the studio was carefully chosen to meet very specific needs. It includes laser-projected lighting, a Somatron vibro-acoustic recliner, flat-screen TV, bubble tower and fibre-optics.

2017 Music Therapy Summer Camp
Registration Form

This camp is for children with special needs
(e.g: autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, etc.)

Using activities such as playing instruments, rhythmic movement, improving, singing, composing and using cutting-edge technology, children will develop expressive and receptive language skills, communication, oral motor skills, articulation, spatial relationships, fine and gross motor skills, and practice social skills in this fun, creative and innovative camp.

  • Cost is free          |           Ages 1 – 8 yrs  
  • Therapists: Andrea Cave, Nicole Currie, Bryna McKay