Music for Children with Disabilities
at the GYMC

A music-based program for children with disabilities, focusing on creative expression, communication and social skills.

Music for Children with Disabilities

For children ages 8 and up. Led by music therapist Danielle Nicholls.

Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:00 pm

Winter Session: January 11 to February 29, 2024
Cost: $104 (8 classes)

Spring Session: March 28 to May 30, 2024
Cost: $130 (10 classes)


Music for Children with Disabilities is focused on creating a positive social environment for your children to engage in music with peers. Combining adapted lessons and musical activities, your child will be able to express themselves and get creative musically. In these sessions, children will participate in singing, drumming, movement to music, and other activities using different instruments. Sessions focus on having fun with music while helping develop social skills in a casual music setting rather than traditional, formal lessons.

Danielle Nicholls, BMT, MTA, is the owner and operator of Dolce Music Therapy in Guelph, and is a certified music therapist in good standing with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists. She completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016, where she studied voice. She graduated with Honours with Distinction, and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, she completed her internship in the Hamilton/Burlington area, focusing on music therapy in palliative/hospice care, and long-term care settings. Since then, Danielle has continued working with people across the lifespan. Using a client-centered and music-centered approach, Danielle incorporates her vocal training and guitar skills to focus on clients’ abilities and meeting them in the moment. She is passionate about using music to help people connect with each other and themselves.

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The GYMC partners with the Children’s Foundation of Guelph to provide a number of free registration places to eligible applicants through the Free to GROW program. Please visit the Children’s Foundation website for more information.