Music Therapy Program


The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music partners with the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s extremely successful Music Therapy Program. Victoria music therapist Aisling (“Ashling”) Ryan-Aylward offers music therapy in Nanaimo at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music’s downtown  location at 375 Selby Street.  Music therapy breaks through the barriers that prevent individuals from achieving their full potential. We  can help you, or the one you love with the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s comprehensive therapeutic  program.

Aisling Ryan-Aylward completed a Bachelor of Music in Comprehensive Voice at the University of Victoria in 2014. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy at Capilano University. During her internship under Julie Grannary, Aisling worked with seniors living with dementia and a variety of complex health challenges. Aisling incorporates guitar, piano, ukulele, Tone Chimes, percussive instruments, and her professionally trained voice into her practice.

The following challenges may benefit from Music Therapy:

• Mental Challenges
• Physical Challenges
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Sensory Impairments
• Learning Difficulties
• Brain Injuries
• Conduct and/or Behavioral disorders
• Recovery of Mental Health from Troubling Life Events, Substance Use, and “ Illness”
• Strokes/Alzheimer’s /Dementia
• Palliative Care

Musical activities are carefully designed to meet individuals’ needs and achieve therapeutic outcomes.  Some of the methods used include singing, playing instruments, rhythmic movements, dancing, improvising,  composing and active listening, based upon the individual’s abilities. We tailor what we do to meet your  needs.

Sessions are offered in private or group settings, depending on condition and the individual’s needs.  Therapists are trained to use signing, picture exchange, and other communication modes if requested.

The music studio at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music is equipped with large and small percussion instruments (drums, wood blocks, chimes, hand-held bells, xylophone, cymbal, etc.) as well as equipment  for physical musical activity (parachutes, ribbons, octaband).

For more information on the music therapy program being held in Nanaimo, please call Dr. Johanne Brodeur at the Victoria Conservatory of Music at 250-386-5311 ext. 2030. You may also enquire about registering at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music office at 250-754-4611.