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Music

Experience the joy of music, rhythm and song!

Age

Children, Youth

Regions

Lower Mainland

Seasons

Fall, Winter

The Music program, in partnership with Sarah McLachlan School of Music, offers children and youth with autism the opportunity to practice singing and to play basic percussion instruments in a group lesson format. Lessons are taught by experienced music instructors and supported by CAN staff and volunteers.

Program Structure

Music lessons are directed by the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and supported by Canucks Autism Network staff.

  • Each Children’s Class (7-12yrs) session consists of 45 minute lessons, once per week, for multiple weeks.
  • Each Youth Class (13-17yrs) session consists of 45 minute lessons, once per week, for multiple weeks.
  • Each lesson consists of 8-10 participants who may be split into smaller groups.
  • Participants are provided with a high ratio of support (1:1 or higher, if needed).
Support workers and teens with autism play a xylophone together in our Sarah McLachlan School of Music program.
A teenager with autism poses with his instruments in our Sarah McLachlan School of Music program.

Supports Provided

The Sarah McLachlan School of Music provides a music instructor and assistant to lead each class. Participants will also be supported by CAN support workers and volunteers provided.

At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant through parent collaboration.

Please do not hesitate to speak with on-site staff about support strategies that work for your child (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.).

Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Program Criteria

  • Ages 7-12 & 13-17
  • Participants must meet session age requirements as of first-day of the program
  • Have an autism diagnosis and an active CAN Membership
  • Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome (ratio of support can be adjusted if necessary; 1:1 or even 2:1 support)
  • Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)

This program is specifically designed and adapted for individuals on the autism spectrum. We kindly ask that parents and siblings remain on the side.

Registration is now open

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Winter weekly program registration is now open and will close on Friday, November 22, at noon.

Browse the Winter Leisure Guide for programs in your nearest community  >>

All those who submit registration requests during this period will be notified of their updated registration status by end of day on Friday, November 29.