Owner, Sarah Mackenzie
Registered Psychotherapist, Accredited Music Therapist, Music Teache, Performer
Sarah has 10 years of experience practicing music therapy and teaching music (both typical and adapted lessons). She has worked with students and clients from infancy to older adulthood, many of whom had diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Dementia. Sarah's passion is Adapted Music Lessons: finding solutions to make learning a musical instrument accessible to people of all abilities.
Sarah studied music therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Over the span of her career, she has worked in children's treatment centres, long-term care homes, special needs classrooms, group homes, and and adult developmental day programs. She has valuable experience collaborating with allied health professionals, including speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, behaviour therapists and clinical psychologists.
Sarah is excited to bring her practice to Barrie using the treatment and observation space at Children's Treatment Network, where she also works part time as a Service Navigator.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, nature walks, and spending time with her friends and young family.
It is our belief at MUSIC ABILITY that music is a human experience that all people should have the opportunity to enjoy, regardless of need or limitation. Each individual is innately musical, and can successfully engage in music learning or expression with the right support.
Music is highly accessible, motivating, structured, emotive, and social, and it is strongly connected to language and communication. It can be used as a therapeutic tool to support people in accomplishing many physical, behavioural, emotional, social and communication goals.
If you or your loved one would like to learn to play music, or learn more about how music therapy can help you to reach your goals, please use our Contact page to get in touch.