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Music

Age

Children

Regions

Lower Mainland

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring

Registration

The Music program, in partnership with Sarah McLachlan School of Music, offers children and youth on the autism spectrum 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 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
  • Participants must meet session age requirements as of first-day of the program
  • Have an autism diagnosis and be registered with the CAN Community
  • Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome (ratio of support can be adjusted if necessary; 1:1 or even 2:1 support)
  • Commit to pay highly subsidized program fee of $40 (see Program Fee Payment Options.)
  • 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 opens seasonally

Registration for CAN members opens 6-8 weeks before the start of each season:

  • Fall (Sep-Dec): Reg opens mid-Aug
  • Winter (Jan-Mar): Reg opens mid-Nov
  • Spring (Apr-Jun): Reg opens mid-Feb

Full program & reg details for the current/upcoming season can be found at canucksautism.ca/guide.

Don’t miss a registration date!
All important dates are communicated in the monthly member newsletter.

Missed a registration period?
Programs that still have space remaining will open for late registration.

Questions?
Email: [email protected]