Our Story

As the founder of this company, I would say our story began in 1995. My elementary school had a band program. It was there I first developed a love of music. When I was in high school, fate stepped in. A guest speaker first introduced me to Music Therapy in my grade 11 music class. From that moment on I knew that music therapy was what I wanted to do with my life.

Music therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort, between demoralization and dignity.

~ Barbara Crowe

Getting Started

I completed my music therapy degree in 2001. After that, I returned home to Barrie. I was determined to start a practice in my hometown. At that time, music therapy was not accessible in Simcoe County. When I started out, hardly anyone had heard of music therapy. Similarly, they didn’t understand what it was. However, I was armed with the passion and confidence that I was going to help people. So, I slowly began to make my mark knowing that music therapy was unique to other helping professions.

Growing a Team

After a decade, the interest in music therapy exceeded what I could handle on my own. Therefore, I made the decision to grow a team. Our company opened the doors to our very own clinic in Barrie in 2014. At that time we had a team of 4 music therapists. Today, our team has doubled and our services extend to every corner of Simcoe County.

Life Experiences

My personal life has provided me with sources of motivation. My younger brother has Down Syndrome and has always loved music. I have seen firsthand how powerful music can be. It had a unique ability to connect and motivate. When I became a mom, my understanding of the needs of my clients and their family deepened. My life experiences include parenting a child with complex needs and caring for a dying family member. This certainly allows me to understand the perspectives of the parents and caregivers who support our clients. Most importantly, all of these experiences allow me to lead our team in a way that enhances the way we support our clients.

Above all, I am passionate about bringing quality music therapy services to the communities in our region. Presently, our team of music therapists connects with hundreds of clients every week. I am very proud that my humble beginnings have grown into something so wonderful. We are privileged to make a difference in the lives of our clients each and every day.

Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.

~ Maria von Trapp

Our Approach

At Music Therapy Services of Simcoe County, we strive to honour our clients as individuals. We know that treating a client’s emotional well-being is just as important as treating physical, cognitive, or communicative challenges.

Meet Our Team

Meet the team at Music Therapy Services of Simcoe County. Our music therapists are all experienced musicians, clinicians, and are registered with all relevant colleges and associations.

Our Services

We offer individual and group music therapy sessions online, at our clinic in Barrie, or at a client’s home or residence. Many of our services are now covered by benefits or government programs.