Special Needs Music Education at South Island Studio

Provided by Joel Kroeker, MA, MMT, MTA, RCC
(Accredited Music Therapist and Clinical Counsellor)

These adapted music lessons are individually tailored for children and youth with special needs or disabilities who are not able to fully benefit from traditional music lessons. Through working with an accredited trained music therapist, students will partake in enjoyable and successful musical education toward their musical goals, which can include the achievement of extra-musical IEP aims as well, based on each individual's unique learning style and needs. Special needs populations that will benefit from these adapted music lessons include: Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, ODD, vocal ticks, FASD, seizure disorder, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, hypotonia, Spina bifida, hydrocephalus, chronic lung disease, spinal fusion, physical or cognitive developmental delay, cerebral palsy, asthma, chronic lung disease, spastic quadraplegia or febrile seizures. Feel free to contact Joel about potential third party funding for these lessons.


Meet Joel Kroeker, Registered Music Therapist and Clinical Counsellor at South Island Studio

Joel Kroeker is an accredited Music Therapist (#0525), a music teacher and a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3854) with a specialty in special needs music education. He has post-graduate degrees in Music-Centred Psychotherapy and Ethnomusicology and is the provincial music therapist for Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services through Island Health. He is a CVAP-certified counselor with a private clinical practice based in Fernwood where he sees children, teens and adults. Joel has extensive experience working with special needs through organizations including Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, BC Centre for Ability, Vinge Community Living and Norquay Elementary School. For more information please visit: www.joelkroeker.com.


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