For some people with autism and other exceptionalities, bright lights, crowds, and surprise sounds can sometimes be daunting and make it impossible to enjoy music or even a concert.
The Music Circle Program launched in 2012 and was developed in consultations with team members from the National Arts Centre, experts in special music education from the Lotus Centre for Special Music Education, and with help from occupational therapists and behavioural therapists.
We are pleased to share a free guidebook and accompanying videos demonstrating how people with autism and other exceptionalities can immerse themselves with family and care providers into a world of music through multi-model learning and sensory-friendly activities.
The Music Circle program is a unique opportunity for students with special needs to explore orchestra instruments in a supportive and professional environment, while also developing their auditory, motor, social and motivation skills through hands-on workshops with a trained NAC Orchestra musician and a special needs music educator.
The series is available throughout the school year, and consists of two interactive workshops, culminating in an event led by a NAC Orchestra ensemble or musicians from the community. When possible, students are able to try out featured instruments to get more comfortable with the music!
Our series of videos will give you a look at how The Music Circle Program works and what to expect from our sessions. You can also use these videos as a resource for hosting your own sessions in the future!
Your donations help the Music Circle reach more students, educators and communities across Canada. The National Youth and Education Trust is the NAC’s primary source of funding for initiatives that nurture and develop the creativity of children and youth, and support the educators and artists who challenge and encourage them.