Hayley Cann, a music therapist, shares with us her many creative pursuits, including sharing about her work in geriatric care and working with children. Hayley talks about her book “Mandy’s Mom” which is about a music therapist (so cool!). She is the co-host of a podcast called “Able Voice” and they have released wonderful content since launching. Hayley also shares with us a recently created workbook called “Resources for Everyday Anti-Oppressive Practices”. And after our interview, Hayley has created even more opportunities for music therapists and creative arts therapy teams/faculties to grow and learn. She now offers a specialized workshop for therapists targeting anti-oppressive practices in the creative therapy space. If you are interested in her workshops, you can contact her at mtahayley@gmail.com.

Hayley Francis Cann, BMT, MTA, NMT currently provides music therapy services to Katarokwi/ Kingston, ON and Area in Canada. Throughout her life, Hayley enjoyed performing in various ensembles and choirs in the community and volunteering at hospitals and seniors homes. This lead her to pursue a career involving music and connecting with people in a meaningful way. She studied at Acadia University to obtain a Bachelor of Music Therapy (BMT). In this programme she received advanced training in piano, guitar, and voice, as well as saxophone as her principle instrument. In June 2017 Hayley became an accredited music therapist recognized by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT). In May 2018, Hayley became a recognized Neurologic Music Therapist (NMT) with The Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy specializing in music therapy approaches for rehabilitation. She has clinical experience with seniors including dementia and Alzheimer’s, individuals with developmental disabilities, and rehabilitation including stroke and acquired brain injury. Hayley is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Aging and Health at Queen’s University to further explore the impact of the arts on aging process and collaborate with professionals in the healthcare industry on ways to promote wellbeing during the aging experience. Hayley recently authored and released a Children’s book about music therapy, called “Mandy’s Mom, The Music Therapist,” in hopes of creating a more accessible advocacy tool for our community. In everything she does, Hayley aims to provide an authentic experience that is respectful toward all people no matter their age, diagnosis, background, race, religion, or personal preferences.

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Connect with Hayley! E-mail her at mtahayley@gmail.com or follow her on Instagram or Facebook!

Check out Hayley’s website and blog!

Hayley’s book: Mandy’s Mom the Music Therapist

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