therapy is an intervention method that uses music in all
its forms to help a participant reach their
pre-established goals. Music therapy calls upon a
participantís sensitivity and creativity and offers a
non-verbal approach to facilitate expression. A
participant can use musical and vocal improvisation,
listen to pre-recorded or live music and compose songs or
music to maintain or improve mental and physical health
and/or work on personal growth.
therapist can choose from a variety of theoretical
orientations to guide and structure her therapeutic work.
Verbal exchanges are encouraged before or after a musical
experience. A person can express what he or she is
experiencing in his or her life and in the music therapy
group setting. Combining musical and verbal expression
allows a person to gain insight and facilitate personal
transformation of his/her perceptions and behaviors.
LaSalle, music therapy is used in a group or individual context for a
short term duration. No prior musical experience is
therapy groups are offered between the months of September
and June once a week. During the two (2) hour sessions,
participants are invited to share their musical
preferences and to express themselves musically. The first
hour of the group comprises a musical opening, a verbal
check-in, musical experiences and verbal sharing. The
second hour comprises a break, debriefing on the first
part, additional musical experiences and a musical
Individual music therapy sessions are one (1) hour in length and the objectives explored by the participant are specific to their needs. The maximum length of a rotation (series) of individual therapy is twenty (20) sessions. A member may participate in a maximum of three (3) non-consecutive rotations of therapy.