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Ottawa, ON


Counterpoint Music Therapy is a health and wellness clinic in Ottawa where music is used skilfully as a therapeutic stimulus to achieve primarily non-musical treatment goals. 


There are five goal areas which music therapy interventions may target:

Communication and Social Skills

  • Increasing communicative intent
  • Articulation, pace, and volume of speech
  • Conversation skills
  • Peer interaction
  • Joint attention
  • Vocabulary development

Behaviour and Emotions

  • On-task behaviour
  • Self-regulation
  • Understanding of emotions
  • Self-expression

Motor Skills

  • Proprioception (awareness of own body)
  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Directional and spatial concepts
  • Stretching
  • Increasing range of motion

Academic and Cognitive

  • Time, days, months seasons
  • Letter identification and sounds
  • Number identification and counting
  • Colors and shapes
  • Phone number and address memorization


  • Musical interactions
  • Structured Improvisation
  • Guitar, piano, and voice skills
  • Rhythm, pitch, volume


During the weekly 45-minute sessions, the music therapist will use an individualized set of music therapy interventions to help the child meet his or her objectives and goals. The intervention activities might consist of sung songs, percussion-playing, music and movement activities, academic musical activities (aimed at learning, for instance, numbers or letters), piano or guitar playing, or other activities.

Some of the techniques used in the session are adapted or drawn from Applied Behavioural Analysis and Neurological Music Therapy may include: