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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 programs 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 programs are customized to just 7 weeks, classes are an hour or less, and 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, courses take place on Mondays.

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

Class dates: May 1, 8, 15, 29
June 5, 12, 19
No class May 22 (Victoria Day)
Location:  VCM – Downtown, room 113 on the main floor
Instructor:  Aisling Ryan-Aylward

Movement and Music
Mondays, 9 – 10 am
Move to the rhythm and melodies of different eras and styles of music. Experiment with the Octaband, stretchy band, parachute, scarves, ribbons, percussion instruments, and purposeful movements.
Cost:  $119.00 – Register Online

Improvising Through the Instruments
Mondays, 10 – 11 am
New instruments will be introduced weekly  from xylophones, to world percussion instruments, to Soundbeam technology. Explore various musical experiences through an array of improvisational techniques and approaches.
Cost:  $119.00 – Register Online

Radio Play
Mondays, 11 am – 12 pm
Create a group Radio Play. Create a story as a group adding humour, suspense, action, or romance. Add sound effects, musical accompaniment, and record a dramatic reading to bring the story to life. You will receive a recording of your group’s Radio Play.
Cost:  $119.00 – Register Online

Suzuki Handbell Choir
Mondays, 12:45 – 1:45 pm
Choosing from a variety of familiar songs throughout the 20th century to sing while accompanied by piano or guitar. The handbells then ring out the melody of the song with direction from the conductor. The handbells are made from a light-weight aluminum and are designed to be easy to hold and play. Please join us for an easy to learn, fun, and enjoyable hour of handbell music. No experience necessary!
Cost:  $119.00 – Register Online

Jukebox Sing Along
Mondays, 1:45 – 2:30 pm
Sing Along with Tunes from the 1910’s to the 1970’s accompanied by Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, and a variety of percussive instruments.
Cost: $89.25 – Register Online

Relax through Music
Mondays, 2:30 – 3:00 pm
Enjoy guided relaxation with a variety of instrumental music, soundscapes, piano, and acoustic guitar. Get in tune with your breathing and body. Create your own mantra.
Cost: $73.50 – Register Online

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