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Music

During the COVID-19 pandemic, significant changes have been made to the structure of this program.

View the Program Guide

Age

Children, Youth

Regions

Lower Mainland

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring

The Music program, in partnership with Sarah McLachlan School of Music, offers children and youth with autism an introductory opportunity to play basic percussion instruments in a group lesson format. Participants will enjoy music games and drills that work on a variety of rhythms. 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 for Fall opens Mon, Aug 16 at noon

View the Fall program guide to see upcoming locations, dates, and times.

Registration closes on Friday, August 20 at noon.

Set a reminder in your calendar to register >>

Login to your membership account when registration opens. Registration is not first-come first-served.*

*Due to the high volume of web traffic we experience when registration opens, you may experience issues logging onto the system. If you are unable to log on, please check back again later in the afternoon or evening. Your registration will not be affected if you submit your requests later in the day or in the week. Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Missed the Fall registration period?

If you would like to submit a late registration request, please email [email protected] with the following:

  1. name and age of participant
  2. program you are requesting late registration for

Late registration requests will be considered in the order that they are received.

Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.

Program times don’t work for you? Access our online resources and pre-recorded programs that you can follow along at anytime or send us feedback – we’d love to hear from you!