Internship – 2 Positions

Start Date: January, May and September

New Song Music Therapy is a music therapy company based in Ontario, Canada since 2009, that cares about seniors and senior living.  The intention of our internship program is provide the music therapy intern with a dynamic learning experience. In your role, you will plan, organize and facilitates music therapy sessions in accordance with the New Song Music Therapy model.

Population:

Adults living in Long Term Care Facilities. Some of the common issues we address include: social isolation, loss, difficulties with life transitions, mental health issues, responsive behaviours and coping with death and dying.

Time Commitment:

  • The duration a full time internship is 8 to 9 months and is a minimum of 1000 hours.
  • The duration of a half internship is 4 to 5 months and is 500 hours.
  • Internship hours will primarily be from 9:00am- 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
  • Team Meetings occur once a month in the evening.

Equipment:

The intern will have access to a variety of percussion instruments such as Tubano drums and tone chimes at each site. The intern must have access to a guitar as not all sites provide guitars.

Supervisory Team:

The intern will be supervised by the New Song Music Therapy team.  A New Song Music Therapist will be at each facility to observe, provide supervision and support the development of the intern. Primary supervisor will be provided Thyra Andrews.

Fee:

New Song does not charge the intern a fee for internship supervision.

A stipend for the intern is available after the 2nd Module.

Learning Contract:

An agreement regarding requirements while working at New Song will be reviewed with the intern and signed before the internship begins. As part of the learning contract the intern will discuss and document their personal learning goals for their internship.

Intern Requirements:

  • Completed or Enrolled in a Music Therapy Degree (Bachelor or Masters)
  • A Member in Good standing of the CAMT
  • The ability to work well independently and as part of an inter-professional team

Clinical Skills:

  • Ability to assess, observe and document a client’s mood, affect, behaviour and responses to music therapy interventions
  • Knowledge or ability of age appropriate music
  • Experience in Geriatrics is an asset

Musical Skills:

  • Ability to play basic chord progressions (I, IV, V) in various keys on the guitar
  • Ability to accompany yourself on the guitar while singing and engaging clients in the music
  • Ability to improvise, using percussion instruments, voice and/or guitar
  • Ability to quickly learn music and apply it in different interventions

Internship Sites:

  1. Mississauga – Chartwell Wenleigh Long Term Care
  2. Etobicoke     – West Park Long Term Care
  3.                             – Humber Valley Terrace
  4. North York   –  Gibson Long Term Care
  5.                            – Cheltenham Care Community
  6. Scarborough – Extendicare Rouge ValleY
  • The homes you are assigned to you would be at regularly.  For example if you are at West Park on Tuesdays you would be there very Tuesday from 9 to 5.
  • Subject to change

Your Application

Positions will remain open until filled.