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Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba!

We are a team of Neurologic Music Therapists providing services in Winnipeg, MB and its surrounding communities.  Our services include individual and group-based neurologic music therapy sessions, Music Together® Mixed Age Classes, Music Together® Within Therapy, Social Skills Programs, Express Yourself Camps, Adapted Music Lessons, regular Music Lessons, and Therapeutic Drum Circles.

At Bang A Beat, we work with individuals of all ages.  Our team of highly trained and certified therapists use specific research-based techniques to help our clients meet their potential and achieve an overall better quality of life.  We look forward to working with you today!

Individual Neurologic Music Therapy Services

Individual Neurologic Music Therapy sessions typically take place on a weekly basis, ranging from 30 minute to 60 minute one-on-one sessions, with the client’s regular Bang A Beat therapist.

ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT PLAN: All new clients begin the process with an assessment phase (which takes place over two session visits). The assessment provides a detailed evaluation of the client in three major areas: sensorimotor (ability to walk, start and stop movement, control of arms and legs), speech and language (level of communication, speech ability), and cognition (concentration, hearing, level of interactivity) as well as assessing other social development.  From there an individualized treatment plan (derived from the assessment phase as well as parent/caregiver input) complete with therapeutic goals and objectives is created.  We have worked closely with other professionals at school divisions, St. Amant, Rehabilitation Centre for Children (RCC), Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD), Autism Learning Centre, Riverview Health Centre, ActionMarguerite, and as well as numerous private speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and other professionals.  If you would like us to work closely with your team of professionals to coordinate goals and objectives, we are happy to do so.

Pricing: $225.00 + GST

WEEKLY SESSIONS & REPORTS: Sessions take place on a weekly basis.  During each session, the therapist uses various NMT interventions to help their client work towards the goals and objectives outlined in their treatment plan.  The final 5 minutes of each session are reserved for the therapist to update the parent/caregiver on what was worked on, the client’s progress, and/or strategies/techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process.  Weekly session documentation is completed, and every three months, a progress report is completed where the therapist updates the treatment plan with accomplished goals, sets new goals, and reports on client progress.  This report is billed for at a cost of one session visit.

IEP-BASED SESSIONS:  We also offer music therapy services to school-aged individuals, supporting Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives. In these sessions, music is used specifically to target nonmusical goals from a student’s IEP.

With consent, we can also work with other therapists (speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, ABA, Floortime, RDI, etc.) and SERTS to provide consistency within a clients’ current treatment plan.

On-Site Pricing: 30 mins – $38.10 + GST | 45 mins – $52.38 + GST | 60 mins – $66.67 + GST
Off-Site Pricing: 30 mins – $45.23 + GST | 45 mins – $59.52 + GST | 60 mins – $73.81 + GST

Group Neurologic Music Therapy Services

Group Neurologic Music Therapy sessions are offered in settings of four or more clients and may be held at our centre or with contracting organizations within the community.  Similarly to Individual NMT sessions, clients work towards addressing a variety of goals and objectives.  Sessions provide a supportive, engaging and enticing environment for clients to work towards their goals as well as engage in social interaction opportunities. The final 5 minutes of each session are reserved for the therapist to update the parent/caregiver on what was worked on, the client’s progress, and strategies/techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process.  Weekly session documentation is completed, and every three months, a review is completed where the therapists’ update the treatment plan with accomplished goals, set new goals, and report on client progress.  Please note, parent/caregivers and/or staff assistants may be required to attend group sessions.

School Sessions

We offer group music therapy sessions to school-aged individuals right in their own classrooms. Sessions can have either group goals and objectives or can support the Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives of each student. In these sessions, music is used specifically to target non-musical goals. Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre is currently providing services to over 45 classrooms in Winnipeg as well as providing individual music therapy sessions within schools! If you would like us to provide services for your classroom, school or school division please contact info@bangabeat.com.

Therapeutic Drum Circles

Research has proven that rhythm through drumming decreases stress and anxiety, boosts the immune system, speeds up physical healing, produces feelings of well-being and creates feelings of togetherness amongst its participants. Bang a Beat Music Therapy Centre facilitates drum circles for groups of 10 or more participants.  Although we do provide a variety of drums and hand-held percussive instruments to play, please feel free to bring your own drum or shaker! Come drum with us!

Pricing: 30 mins – $52.38 + GST | 45 mins – $66.67 + GST | 60 mins – $80.95 + GST
Pricing per person/12 week semesters: 45 mins – $300.00 + GST | 60 mins – $400.00 + GST

Music Therapy Programs

At Bang A Beat, we believe that all of our clients are musical beings. Music is one of the most natural ways to express oneself.  We now offer three different types of Social Skills Programs to our clients with special needs.  Our fun and enticing programs use musical experiences to help participants engage in social interaction opportunities and build their communication skills.

Music Together Within Therapy (2-7 years)

Music Together Within Therapy (MTWT) allows credentialed music therapists at Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre to incorporate the musically rich and beautifully crafted song selections from Music Together® into small group neurologic music therapy sessions. Designed for little ones ages 2-4, and 5-7, this program combines the philosophies of Music Together with our extensive education and training as Neurologic Music Therapists, allowing us to make Music Together easily accessible to all clients regardless of ability. In our small MTWT groups (maximum 4 registered children plus siblings) families will have the opportunity to make music together with their children. Interaction between parent and child is key in this class, helping to create a trusting environment for your little ones to feel comfortable in bonding with others in a group dynamic. Current MTWT Classes:

  • Social Skills Development: A strong emphasis is placed on helping group participants learn appropriate play and interaction skills. Activities will focus on helping to meet developmental milestones, with an emphasis on social development such as: appropriate turn taking, sharing, and waiting. Pre-academic learning skills will also be incorporated such as: identifying and labelling colours, shapes, numbers and letters.
  • Social Skills / Self-Regulation: In this class, group participants continue to expand their social interaction skills while also learning self-regulation techniques, spatial awareness and personal space boundaries of others.
  • Language-Learning Through Song: A strong emphasis is placed on helping children with limited language abilities to further explore, develop and practice early language skills through singing sounds, syllables, and words.  Pre-academic learning skills will also be incorporated in this class (colours, shapes, numbers and letters). Rhythmic games and activities that help with pronunciation, phonation and articulation are also utilized.
    • parents/caregivers are required to participate
    • 45 minute class
    • The final 5 minutes at the end of each class each session are reserved for the therapist to update strategies and techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process.   Weekly session documentation is completed, and a report will be submitted to each family at the end of each semester to review accomplished goals and report on client progress.  

              Pricing: $355.00 + GST  per 10 week semester $134.00 + GST  per 10 week semester per registered sibling

    Rhythm Rockstars (8-12 years)

    In addition to further developing communication skills and academic skills, this class continues to expand social skills through creative self-expression.  Our Rhythm Rockstars program is designed for participants ages 8-12, and uses various musical experiences including creating unique musical improvisations, exploring instrument play, and beginner song writing where participants will practice transferring their thoughts and emotions into song.  With an emphasis on social interactions, participants will practice working together, supporting one another and listening to each others’ contributions throughout the music making process.

    • parents/caregivers may be asked to participate from time to time
    • 45 minute class
    • maximum 6 participants
    • The final 5 minutes at the end of each class each session are reserved for the therapist to update strategies and techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process.   Weekly session documentation is completed, and a report will be submitted to each family at the end of each semester to review accomplished goals and report on client progress.  

              Pricing: $360.00 + GST  per 12 week semester

    Let’s Jam (13-22 years)

    Let’s Jam is geared towards teens and young adults ages 13-22, who need moderate to no support participating in a group setting.This program is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to be in their very own “garage band” with their friends!  A great opportunity to make lasting friendships, this class focuses on participants learning how to work together as a team to learn how to play some of their favourite radio hits using various instruments.  Participants will also be supported in creating their own song lyrics and will have the opportunity to perform for family and friends during the year.

    • parents/caregivers may be asked to participate from time to time
    • 45 minute class
    • maximum 6 participants
    • The final 5 minutes at the end of each class each session are reserved for the therapist to update strategies and techniques that can be used outside of sessions in continuing the therapeutic process.   Weekly session documentation is completed, and a report will be submitted to each family at the end of each semester to review accomplished goals and report on client progress.  

              Pricing: $360.00 + GST  per 12 week semester

Music Together® Mixed Age Family Classes

Our essential Music Together® family class, ages 0 – 5 years, follows the recommendations of child development researchers grouping children of a variety of ages because this fosters natural, family-style learning. In a class size of 12 children, younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones, older children learn by leading younger ones while they practice and hone their new skills and adults are happy because the children in the family can go to class together.

The 45-minute class includes music experiences ranging from playful free-movement to instrumental jam sessions to songs and chants in unusual tonalities and meters as found in other cultures. Utilizing informal instruction, each child is allowed to participate at his or her own level, singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching, or exploring through natural play and music engagement.

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Express Yourself Camps

We believe that all kiddos should be able to experience going to camp and should be given an opportunity to socialize, play and have fun in a supportive and encouraging environment tailored to meet their needs.  Our Express Yourself Camps do exactly that!  A strong emphasis on communication and social interaction with peers will be explored as campers engage in various musical experiences; including recording themselves in their own song/music video, participating in FunDrum and exploring various percussive instruments, making beautiful art they can take home each week, engaging and building ideas in natural forms of play and exploring movement.

  • Morning Camps run from 9:30am-12:00pm
  • Afternoon Camps run from 1:30pm-4:00pm
  • 30min early drop-off and 30min late pick-up options available
  • Different themes each week
  • smaller camp sizes means more focus is placed on each individual camper
Music Lessons

Adapted Music Lessons

Our adapted music lessons are designed to help teach all individuals with special learning needs how to play an instrument. We use an eclectic approach incorporating singing, movement, percussion instruments, innovative rhythmic pattern games, props and tailored interventions to help integrate musical concepts for each individual students particular learning style.  By doing so, we ensure a positive and rewarding learning experience. Currently piano/keyboard, guitar and voice lessons are being offered.

On-Site Pricing: 30 mins – $38.10 + GST | 45 mins – $52.38 + GST
Off-Site Pricing: 30 mins – $45.23 + GST | 45 mins – $59.52 + GST

Music Lessons

Starting in April 2017, Bang A Beat will also be offering regular Music Lessons for students of all ages! We recommend starting lessons at age 5.    This is a great option for our kiddos graduating out of our Music Together Mixed Aged Classes as a way to continue with their music competency.  Don’t forget, you’re never too old to be starting music lessons either!  Our staff will make you feel comfortable as you explore learning a new instrument at any age!  Lessons are taught on-site only.  Currently we offer:

  • Violin/Fiddle
  • Piano (RCM grade 1-7)
  • Voice
  • Beginner Guitar
  • Theory

On-Site Pricing: 30 mins – $20.00 + GST | 45 mins – $30.00 + GST | 60 mins – $40.00 + GST

Lessons Payment Policy:  Payments will take place at the beginning of every month for the upcoming month.  Bang A Beat will issue an electronic invoice to your account. Keep your electronic receipts for your Manitoba Arts Tax Credit, as we do not issue duplicate receipts.

Cancellation Policy: Lessons missed by student due to illness or travel are not required to be made up by Bang A Beat staff. Lessons missed by the teacher will be either made-up or credited towards the next months invoice.

Termination Policy: To terminate sessions during your first month, written notice can be given at any time and is effective immediately.  After 30 days, written notification must be provided via email 1 month in advance.

Additional Services

Preschool Programming

We love coming in to preschools to offer theme-based sessions where social development, language development and learning pre-academic skills are key areas of focus! We bring in a large variety of storybooks and storyboards, sensory props including: scarves, ribbon wands, puppets, parachutes, cheer pom-poms, etc., in addition to our fun collection of brightly coloured instruments.

Sing Alongs, Choir Groups and Entertainment!

If you are looking for additional recreational music programming, the team at Bang A Beat also facilitates sing along groups and choirs where we bring back all of the old favourites for a rocking good time!  If you are looking for birthday party entertainment, holiday entertainment, live music for wedding ceremonies, or other special events, we would be honoured to offer you our services to help create lasting memories.

Presentations & Workshops

Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre customizes presentations and workshops to meet the needs of those in attendance.  We incorporate hands-on activities, allowing all participants to experience the power of music therapy.  Using a combination of real-life experiences and scientific research, we  explain the benefits of music therapy with various populations and diagnoses.  Or are you looking for an innovative way to connect your staff and create opportunities for team-building?  Drum circles are a great way to help create a sense of community and improve communication skills through working together to create one sound.

Bang A Beat Music Therapy Centre

216 - 1460 Chevrier Blvd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 1Y7
Phone: 204-887-4779
Email: info@bangabeat.com

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