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Music: for Kids & Teens

Sarah McLaughlan School of Music


The purpose of the music program is to teach children and youth with autism basic vocal and percussive skills in a safe and supportive environment. 

Program Structure

Each lesson is 45 to 60 minutes long, once per week, for a duration of nine months (October-June), including three tentatively scheduled performances. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, participants are expected to attend all scheduled performances. Canucks Autism Network is excited to present this introductory program with the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, who will provide classroom space in their music school, as well as instruments for each participant. The Sarah McLachlan School of Music will also provide a music instructor and assistant to lead each class. Participants will also be supported by support workers and volunteers provided by CAN. Participants in this program will participate in group lessons intended to provide an introduction to choral style singing and the use of basic percussion instruments. To learn more about the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, please click here

Music program for teens and children with autism Supports Provided

At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant through collaboration.  Our staff receive training on a variety of support strategies for individuals with autism.  Please do not hesitate to speak with coaches and support staff about strategies to use with your child (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.) and contact the Program Coordinator, Tara Rodas (tara.rodas@canucksautism.ca)  with any questions or concerns. 

Program Criteria

  • Ages 7-8 (Junior 1 class) & 9-12 (Junior 2 class) & 13-18 (Senior class)
    (Must be of correct age when starting the program)
  • Have an autism diagnosis, and an active membership through the CAN Participant Membership Program
  • Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis, for the entire duration of the program from October to June (See Attendance Policy)


WHEN: Wednesdays from 5:15-6:00pm (Junior 1), 6:00pm-7:00pm (Junior 2), & 7:00pm-8:00pm (Senior)
WHERE: Sarah McLachlan School of Music, 138 7th Ave E Vancouver
WHO: Participants with autism, aged 7-18, with active CAN Participant Membership


Online registration for the Music program is closed as the program runs from October - June. Please check back in the summer for registration dates for the Fall. Stay informed through the CAN newsletter.

Funded in part by a generous grant from the Hamber Foundation. 

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