For some people with autism and other exceptionalities, bright lights, crowds, and surprise sounds can be daunting and make it impossible to enjoy music - especially at concerts.
The Music Circle Program launched in 2012 and was developed in consultation 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 people with special needs to explore orchestral instruments in a supportive and professional environment. The program helps participants develop their auditory, motor, social and motivational skills through hands-on workshops with a trained NAC Orchestral musician and a special needs music educator.
The series is available throughout the school year, and consists of two or three interactive workshops, culminating in an event led by an NAC Orchestra ensemble or musicians from the community. When possible, students are able to touch, hold, and play featured instruments!
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.