Our story

Music therapy with a mission.

Our goal is to engage, educate and empower through accessible music therapy.

The National Music Therapy Institute was founded by dedicated music therapists, educators and healthcare professionals who believe that music therapy and its many benefits should be more widely known, applied and available. That belief still drives the values and services of the Institute today.

The Institute educates and raises awareness of music therapy through:

  • Conferences, workshops, meetings and communication initiatives
  • Exchanges with professionals from healthcare and other fields 
  • Collaborations with teaching and health institutions, researchers and community organizations. 

The Institute helps bring music therapy to more people by offering:

  • Professional services provided by highly-trained certified music therapists;
  • Dedicated soundproof studios onsite - access reserved to music therapists working with the Institute;
  • An option of convenient online services to reach those who prefer or require remote access;
  • Ongoing support and assistance for pilot projects, start-up developments and new services.

I started the Institute because I truly believe music therapy can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. More than ever, we should value its potential and rally together with healthcare and other professionals to deliver its benefits to more people.

Suzanne Caron
Founder & President, National Music Therapy institute


A brief history with an exciting future

Founded as a not-for-profit and Board of Directors is formed
Registered and recognized as a charitable organization
Official headquarters established in Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
Premises closed and online services launched in response to global COVID-19 crisis
Reopening of physical space in May 2022, offer of services in hybrid mode

From challenge to new creativity:
our response to COVID-19

Just months after the official opening of its space, the Institute, like many organizations around the world, was stopped in its tracks by the COVID-19 pandemic.  While this forced us to postpone many of our projects and planned activities, it also led to the development of innovative online music therapy services and the creation of promising partnerships.  Faced with an unusual challenge, creativity and flexibility have opened new doors and exciting avenues for the Institute, and music therapy as a whole. The gradual return to normality allowed us to reopen our space for hybrid services, in person or online, at the choice of the client.