Isabel Lavender, BMT, MTA, MT-BC
Bachelor of Music – Dalhousie University,
Bachelor of Music Therapy – Capilano University (May 2015)
Music Therapist-Board Certified – Canadian Association of Music Therapy Accredited
Populations I specialize in: Seniors with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Mental Health, Youth and Adults with dual diagnosis, developmental delay.
Special Skills: First Aid (Level 1)
Personal History: I grew up in Calgary, AB so there will always be a part of me that loves country music and two-stepping. I have been singing since I could talk and began piano lessons at age 5. Growing up I belonged to choirs and performing groups and chose to continue with my music at university. I learned about music therapy while doing my degree and spent some time with music therapists in Halifax. I now live in Vancouver, where I applied to the Capilano MT program and completed my degree. I love hiking and biking and being outside as well as making music with family and friends.
Professional History: I have worked with people throughout my life. I taught music for 6 years to students from 5 to 75, have worked as a nanny for young children, and as a personal care aide for adults with disabilities. All of my work informs who I am as a music therapist. Throughout University, my clinical experience led me to working with seniors in long term care, an elementary school working with kids, and a treatment centre for women with addictions. I’ve recently completed my 1000 hour internship that was split between two sites. At the German Canadian Care Home I ran groups in Special Care, Long-Term Care, and Extended Care. I also started a weekly songwriting group and visited individuals. My second internship site was the Provincial Assessment Centre. It is a centre for youth and adults with developmental delay and concurrent mental health diagnoses. I ran weekly groups as well as worked with individuals creating music projects and learning different music skills.
Work Philosophy: I believe in being inclusive to all and approach my work with compassion. I love music, but i love sharing it with others even more. Music can bring out the best in people and allows for a real connection with yourself and others that doesn’t always need words.
Personal Life Philosophy: Always try to stretch and grow a little each day.
Favourite Quote: “The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best” -Henry Van Dyke