Music for Mental Wellness

Music for Mental Wellness PosterThis 6-week course, designed and facilitated by music therapist Aimee Berends, targets teens who wish to explore the power of music and songwriting to help ease stress. We know that songwriting and the creative arts can help relax students, improve their self-esteem, and leave them with a finished product that they are proud of, which may help them overcome some of their obstacles. Students will finish the program with the opportunity to record their original song.


Music for Mental Wellness is a free program offered to students ages 12-14 who can commit to six weekly gatherings at 141 Park St N (The Gasworks). Classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 4:00 – 5:30PM, starting on January 12 in a socially distanced environment.

Start date has been postponed due to lockdown restrictions. Click here to inquire about claiming your spot.

Learning Goals

  • Write, edit, and record an original piece of music
  • Harness the power of music and self-expression
  • Be part of a positive, creative environment
About Aimee Berends

Aimee Berends holding oboeAimee Berends (MMT, BMus, MA In Progress) is a music therapist and freelance musician. She has held the position of principal oboe in the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and played with several other groups including the Elora Festival Singers, the Spiritus Ensemble and Myaudia (Peter Hatch). As a music therapist, Aimee’s clinical focus is mental health and addictions. Her clients have accessed her music therapy service through street-based programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and on psychiatric inpatient and outpatient units in Kitchener-Waterloo. She has published articles in Music and Medicine, Music Therapy Perspectives and The Canadian Journal of Music Therapy. Aimee enjoys teaching adults as a Music Care Training instructor for the Room 217 Foundation and has been sessional instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University and guest lecturer at McMaster University.