Welcome to new Faculty joining the Music Therapy Department!
Music Therapy- Nanaimo (starting February 2020)
Graylen Howard is a graduate of the Applied Music Advanced Diploma Program at Mohawk College, and has a Bachelor of Music Therapy and Master of Music Therapy programs from Wilfrid Laurier University. Graylen has extensive clinical experience in pediatric settings, as well as in adolescent mental health, and long-term care residences. He is passionate about using a variety of instruments in his work including the cello, guitar, french horn, and electronic musical instruments. While maintaining a family and client-centered approach, Graylen believes the purposeful use of music helps empower clients to focus on their strengths and help establish and execute aspirations – leading to an improved quality of life.
Music Therapy- Downtown and Westhills (starting January 2020)
Supriya Crocker is a certified music therapist in Canada, specializing with adult and children with neurologic conditions and trauma. She is passionate about how music interacts in the brain, with her work being featured in the Globe and Mail. Supriya holds Bachelor degrees in Music Therapy and Biology.
VCM Music Therapy Department
The VCM’s Music Therapy Department sessions meet the needs of children as young as 18 months old, to the elderly; those of all ages with exceptionalities, conditions, or illnesses, and to improve the quality of life for all. Children, adolescents, adults and elderly people with the following may benefit from Music Therapy:
• Cognitive Impairment
• Physical challenges
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Learning difficulties
• Brain injuries
• Conduct and/or behavioural disorders
• Recovery of Mental Health from troubling life events, substance abuse and other illness
• Strokes, Alzheimer’s, Dementia
• Palliative care
• Sensory impairments
We tailor what we do to meet your needs. Sessions are offered in private or group settings depending on condition and individual needs. Music therapists are trained to use signing, picture exchange, and other communication models if requested.
The Music Therapy studios are equipped with hundreds of instruments including grand pianos, large percussion instruments, hand-held desk bells, parachute, balls, therapeutic and electronic equipment including keyboards and computers, and a full recording studio.
Music Therapy is now offered at our three locations: Downtown Victoria, Westhills in Langford and in Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music.
For more information, please contact:
Department Head: Dr. Johanne Brodeur
250.386.5311 ext 2030