How does music therapy help?

It can benefit people of all ages, abilities and musical backgrounds.


  • Enhances expressive and interactive ability
  • Cultivates existing or latent abilities and strengths
  • Develops coping strategies
  • Provides a means of socialization
  • Facilitates a process of self-exploration

Although music therapy cannot cure an illness or disability, it works with the part of a person that is well, rather than the part that is ill or disabled.

What happens at a typical music therapy session?

The basis of music therapy is the use of active, improvised music.
Clients will participate in a creative musical process that is a dynamic interplay between client and therapist.

A wide range of instruments and activities may be used as part of the therapeutic process, including:

  • percussive instruments (drums, cymbals, etc)
  • melodic instruments (piano, xylophone, etc)
  • voice
  • movement/dance

LCMS provides Music Therapy for people with conditions such as:

  • developmental delays
  • autistic spectrum disorders
  • emotional stress (e.g. bereavement)
  • terminal illness
  • learning difficulties

For information about Music Therapy, see the BC Music Therapy Association.

About our music therapist Emily Teng, MMT, MTA, BMus