Music Therapy Association of Manitoba

Welcome to the Music Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM). MTAM is a non-profit organization and the provincial chapter of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.  On behalf of myself and the Board of Directors, we welcome you to our site and encourage you to explore to learn more about what we do as credentialed therapists, the services we offer within Manitoba, upcoming events and much more!  

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Jaclyn D. Sorenson, BMT, MTA, MT-BC, NMT
President of MTAM

Mission Statement

The mission of the Music Therapy Association of Manitoba, Inc. is to ensure a standard of excellence in the delivery of music therapy services, to advance public awareness of music therapy and to promote the professional development of qualified music therapists in Manitoba, all in accordance with the Canadian Association for Music Therapy (CAMT) Code of Ethics and standards of practice.

Vision Statement

To improve the quality of human life through music, whether this be a part of therapeutic treatment or for individuals who wish to seek personal growth through music.

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, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, 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 / Association de Musicothérapie du Canada Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 6, 1994

What is a music therapist?

A music therapist is someone who has graduate with a Bachelor’s or Graduate Certificate from an accredited university in music therapy, has completed 1000-hour supervised clinical internship AND passed national accreditation procedures.  The university course work consists of academic study in the areas of music, music therapy research and psychology. A certified music therapist will use the acronym MTA (Music Therapist Accredited) behind their name.

What do music therapists do?

Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.

Who benefits from music therapy?

Music therapy is used with individuals of various ages, abilities, and musical backgrounds in institutional, community and private practice settings. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • AIDS
  • Autism and other Pervasive Development Disabilities
  • Critical Care
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Emotional Traumas
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Mental Health
  • Neonatal Care
  • Obstetrics
  • Oncology
  • Pain Control
  • Palliative Care
  • Personal Growth
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech and Language Impairments
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teens at Risk
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Visual Impairments
I’m interested in music therapy as a career. How do I get certified?

The following Canadian Universities have programs offering degrees in music therapy.  Please visit the following school websites to view program requirements and specialties.

Acadia University – Nova Scotia

Canadian Mennonite University – Manitoba

Capilano University – British Columbia

University of Windsor – Ontario

Wilfrid Laurier University – Ontario

Concordia University – Québec

What does a session entail?

Music therapists serve a wide variety of persons with many different types of needs. There is no such thing as an overall typical session. Sessions are designed and music selected based on the individual client’s treatment plan.