$77.41 CAD

Cancellation Policy
No refund for cancellation within 14 days of the workshop start date. Cancellations made 14 days or more before the workshop date will be returned as an eTransfer less a $25 administration charge. In the instance that a workshop needs to be cancelled on behalf of the OMTA, a full refund will be issued to all paid registrants.

A colleague or friend may attend in your place, at no extra cost. You are required only to notify us of the name of the person attending prior to the workshop. You may switch your registration to another OMTA workshop at a later date at no fee.

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Being the Music (Student Rate)

Saturday September 21 9:30am -12:30pm
Tourism Hamilton
Facilitator: Aimee Berends MTA MMT BMus.

"Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom..."
- Charlie Parker

Music improvisation is a clinical and personal skill that we can continually develop. This workshop will facilitate opportunities within a safe space to further develop improvisation skills as well as structured learning about improvising approaches and techniques. Participants are invited to bring their principle instrument, or an instrument they would like to further develop upon.

Learning Objectives

1. Learn new improvisation approaches to meet both client and personal goals

2. Enhance musical flexibility 

3. Enhance personal & clinical musicianship

Aimee Berends MTA MMT BMus is a music therapist and freelance musician. She has held the position of principal oboe in the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and played with several other groups including the Elora Festival Singers, the Spiritus Ensemble and Myaudia (Peter Hatch). As a music therapist, Aimee’s clinical focus is mental health and addictions. Her clients have accessed her music therapy service through street-based programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and on psychiatric inpatient and outpatient units in Kitchener-Waterloo. She has published articles in Music and Medicine, Music Therapy Perspectives and The Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. Aimee enjoys teaching adults as a continuing education trainer and has been sessional instructor in Wilfrid Laurier’s music therapy department. She loves improvising and is eager to workshop and explore with colleagues at the Academy!