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Music

Experience the joy of music, rhythm and song!

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.

Spring Registration is Closed

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

Interested in Online Resources & Activities At Home? Check out our Virtual Team Meetings, Story Time Series, and more!