The L.I.F.E. Toronto group at March of Dimes Canada has teamed up with Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund to add an exciting new component to L.I.F.E. program. Jess explained that she has always LOVED music however she never had the opportunity to participate in music in school. She was nervous for the first day of music therapy but that quickly changed to excitement and laughter.
The entire group agrees that Rebecca, the music therapist, is so much fun to be around and incredibly encouraging. She is always telling us how well we played instruments and compliments us when we sing along with the song. We play a variety of different instruments such as drums, tambourines and shakers along to some of our favourite songs. When we sang Firework by Katy Perry, Rebecca had us choose colours that we wanted to incorporate into the song. All of the colours were written on cards. This made it really easy to point at which colour we wanted to sing about. For other songs like Stompa by Serena Ryder, Rebecca had us take turns choosing a sound or movement to incorporate into the song. Jess loves music therapy because she finds it helps relieve some of the stress she experiences in a day. Evan enjoys the opportunity to practice using his hands and arms while playing the instruments and Sraddha finds that it helps with communication. This spring the L.I.F.E. group is extremely excited to make a song of their own in Music Therapy and to share it with all of you when it is complete!