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Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Experience the medicinal power of music through the National Music Centre's new drop-in music therapy sessions in collaboration with JB Music Therapy.

Music therapy is the study and practice of how music affects people. Music therapists use music as their primary intervention when working with all population groups. In these weekly sessions, music therapists will incorporate singing, vocalizing, instrument improvisation, exploration of unique sounds and other sensory experiences.

Tempo, timbre, melody, harmony, pitch and genre of music are always considered – with the primary aim of supporting the needs of the clients by opening doors to communication, enticing participation and creating opportunity for inclusive social interactions. Research has shown that music can be an engaging and attractive stimulus for all persons regardless of age or ability.

Led by JB Music Therapy’s Certified Music Therapists, these programs are open to all but ideal for those navigating life transitions, such as Calgary seniors interested in improving their memory and mood.

Stay tuned for more information on the next series of therapeutic singing and drumming sessions at Studio Bell.

  • FunDrum

    Drumming in a circle form is one of the many techniques used by Music Therapists. Rhythm through drumming is known to accelerate physical healing, boost the immune system and produce feelings of well-being – not to mention create feelings of connection between all participants. Each FunDrum session will introduce different techniques and offer a fresh perspective on drumming and wellness. Participants will drum, sing songs, explore new instruments, and discuss the impact that music has on daily life. Instruments are provided or participants can bring their own.

  • HealthSong

    Singing improves breathing, develops core muscles, exercises the brain (memory, concentration, linking left and right brain function), engages the emotions and encourages a feeling of belonging. Singers report benefits in all these areas, but even more, they report a huge improvement in their overall mood. Through the HealthSong stream, participants won’t just sing, they’ll also discuss how certain songs make them feel and find the music that will keep them feeling connected.


JB Music Therapy is a team of certified Music Therapists (MTAs) who collaborate, design and personalize therapy plans with their clients that will foster desired change: boost mood, decrease stress, improve speech after injury, increase focus, develop learning, reduce anxiety, and recover lost memories.

JB Music Therapy is a company that empowers and connects every person to their best self regardless of circumstance. We champion music therapy through excellence in clinical practice and public education, transforming lives one note at a time.


All JBMT music therapists are Certified Music Therapists (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists and have completed their education (undergrad and/or masters) in music therapy, a 1000-hour internship, and have passed the certified board exam.

The Music Therapist’s primary aim is to assess, identify and provide musical experiences that will evoke the highest level of engagement and positive response from all participants in the program.