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North Van Arts has offered the Rhythm & Word programme in a partnership with the North Vancouver School District #44 since 2002. Rhythm & Word uses music to foster the well-being of marginalized youth, offering a valuable social service through an art form easily embraced by young people. Programme participants develop and improve fundamental social skills, such as listening, communication, teamwork, leadership, anger management, trust, respect and positive self-expression – and they have lots of FUN!

The benefits achieved in music therapy expand to the greater community by providing supervised opportunities for creative self-expression, alternative activities to street life, constructive team building skills and development of positive interpersonal relationships.

The program is led by Calista Switzer, accredited music therapist.

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development. Canadian Association of Music Therapists

Learn more about music therapy from Music Heals Foundation.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the Music Heals Foundation.