Summer Camp: Music Therapy

June and July 2024

This camp is ONLY for children/youth with special needs’ designations (e.g: autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, sensory impairment, attention deficit disorder, complex health challenges, etc.).

Young children (under 3 years old) sometimes do not yet have a designation as assessment is in progress. These children may be accepted in the camp without designation as long as the symptoms meet the special needs requirement. If unsure please contact Music Therapy Department Head: [email protected]

  • EACH participant under 6 years old must be accompanied by ONE caregiver at all times during the sessions. NO exceptions.
  • NO siblings allowed in the Music Therapy camp. NO exceptions.
  • ONLY registrations submitted online will be considered.

You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your session’s week and time a few days after submitting your registration form. Please check your inbox. This camp is on a first come first served basis. We will be gathering a waiting list, as needed.

This is a very high demand camp with limited enrolment, please be kind and inform Dr. Johanne Brodeur immediately if you are unable to accept your space as we will be able to invite another child to join. Thank you.

Applications opening soon.


July 1-5 at VCM Langford
July 8-12 at VCM Victoria

  • 1-2 years old – 8:15-9:00am
  • 3-4 years old – 9:00-9:45am
  • 5-6 years old – 9:45-10:30am
  • 2-10 years old – Eyegaze User – 10:30-11:15am*
  • 2-10 years old – Medically Complex Children – 11:15-12:00pm**

*User or soon-to-be user of Eyegaze Communication Device. Please bring your Eyegaze device to the sessions if you have one.

**Medically Complex Children must meet at least 3 of the following criteria: Non-ambulatory (in a wheelchair or adapted stroller) / non-verbal / visually impaired / hearing impaired / severe cognitive deficit / neurological motor deficit / upper and/or lower body physical restrictive movements / seizure disorder.

AGES 7-12

Children participating in the sessions for 7 to 12-year-olds will attend unaccompanied and must be able to follow directions independently. Exceptions will be made for children with physical challenges in need of assistance only to play instruments.

July 1-5 at VCM Langford
July 8-12 at VCM Victoria

  • 7-8 years old – 1:00-1:45pm
    Drumming Up Some Fun – Play percussion instruments and learn the basics of rhythm.
  • 9-10 years old – 2:00-3:45pm
    Intro to Improvisation – Create spontaneous music in different genres.
  • 11-12 years old – 4:00-5:45pm
    JARS • Jamming and Recording Songs – Write and record a song in a group setting. The final recording will be sent to all participants.

July 8, 9, 10 (Mon/Tue/Wed ONLY) at VCM Victoria

  • 7-12 years old – 10:00-11:45am
    3 Days – Intro to Central and South American Percussion – Explore the basics of various Latin rhythms using a colourful variety of instruments. Group music making and drums aplenty!

July 11, 12 (Thu/Fri ONLY) at VCM Victoria

  • 9-12 years old – 10:00-11:45am
    2 Days – Songwriting for the Young Musician – Learn the “whys” of music and write a short original song in this quick and informative songwriting workshop. Participants must already have some experience on an instrument of their choice. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments to the session.

AGES 9-18

Please note, these groups are limited to 4 participants each.

June 17, 18 OR 24, 25 (Mon/Tue ONLY) at VCM Victoria

  • 1:00-2:45pm
    2 Days – Music Band – This program is for youth with some physical and learning challenges who are still able to safely hold and play some instruments without assistance. Experience the joy of creating melodies and rhythms by playing instruments with Waveband, just using the wave of your hand. Learn to improvise with others to create new music and explore a variety of instruments (guitar, bass, drums, and various percussion) to create original music.
  • 3:00pm-4:45pm*
    2 Days – Music Group – This program is for youth with physical and medium to profound cognitive challenges with need of a caregiver to assist during sessions*. Participants should be able to make easy choices in their own way (smile/ nod/speak/turn head towards a choice they like, etc.). Discover the art of composing and recording a song in a group setting, using adaptive technology and a variety of other instruments.

*Caregiver is mandatory for each participant in this group.

Learn more

How to Register

Applications opening soon.

Fees and Deadlines

Free of cost.


Programs will be available at both our Downtown and Langford locations.

Plan your visit


Dr. Johanne Brodeur, Music Therapy Summer Camp Director

Julien Amar

Allan Slade


Dr. Johanne Brodeur, Music Therapy Summer Camp Director
250.386.5311 | [email protected]

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