Musical Therapy

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Music is part of being human

 ~Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain

Music is an important part of life here at Spruce Lodge.  We believe music has the power to affect our hearts, brains and overall health.

Music Therapy at Spruce Lodge is a specialized resident-focused program using music to promote healthcare goals, such as:

  • Increasing relaxation
  • Decreasing pain perception
  • Promoting gross/fine motor skills
  • Supporting reality orientation
  • Stimulating cognitive functioning
  • Improve or maintain social behaviors
  • Encouraging moments of emotional expression

Residents are offered music therapy programming participating in either a group or individual sessions.

Our board-certified Music Therapists are an integral part of the Life Enrichment Team!



What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain and restore mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has non-verbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.

~ Canadian Association for Music Therapy, May 6, 1994

Who does Music Therapy benefit?

Anyone can benefit from music therapy services, as interventions are formed to support personal healthcare goals.  However, music therapists frequently work with individuals who present signs of:

  • Dementia
  • Stroke recovery
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Physical disability
  • Palliative care
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Down’s syndrome

What kind of Music Therapy programming is offered at Spruce Lodge?

  • One-to-one sessions
  • Tone Chime Choir
  • Men’s music therapy group
  • Women’s music therapy group
  • Community music therapy group
  • Cottage music therapy group


If you are interested, or have questions about Music Therapy please contact our music therapist at (519)271-4090 ext. 2399


Here are some examples of what music therapy looks like at Spruce Lodge…

Music Therapist Singing.jpg Music Therapist playing piano with resident.jpg

Music Therapy Ladies Group.jpg Music Therapy Close-Up.jpg

Music Therapy - resident playing drums.jpg Music Therapist with 2 residents.jpg