Room 217 Brings Music Care Certificate Program to Calgary

Room 217 is expanding the Music Care learning community in Western Canada by offering its two-day Music Care Certificate Program (MCCP) in Calgary July 20-21, 2015. The Room 217 Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation and registered Canadian charity dedicated to caring for the whole person with music. The Foundation is a leader in the field of using music to offer hope and comfort, delivering resources to the people who need them most, and supporting research in music and care. Level 1 of the MCCP will be held at JB Music Therapy in Calgary. The Music Care Certificate Program is suitable for professional, family and volunteer caregivers, musicians, teachers and anyone who would like to increase their knowledge about utilizing music in caregiving. For more information or to register, visit or call 905-852-2499.

Three Music Care Certificate Program opportunities in Alberta

Level 1: July 20-21, 2015
JB Music Therapy, 1332 Hastings Cres. SE, Calgary, AB

Level 1: Oct. 7-8, 2015
JB Music Therapy, 1332 Hastings Cres. SE, Calgary, AB

Level 2: April 14-15, 2016
JB Music Therapy, 1332 Hastings Cres. SE, Calgary, AB

To register or for more information, visit or call 905-852-2499

About the Music Care Certificate Program

Music CareThe 3-level Music Care Certificate Program prepares caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding. It is suitable for allied health care providers, family and volunteer caregivers, musicians, teachers and any other community stakeholders who would like to increase their knowledge and practical applications of music in care. This program is designed to help enrich caregivers’ practices with the knowledge and experience of music. It is complementary to other professional trainings, and can help inform other scopes of practice and caregiving experiences. This certificate may be used as proof of additional training, continuing education, or professional development in the area of music care. As music care principles become more widely recognized as an integrated component of health care, this training can serve as a standard for understanding these principles.

Level 1: The Fundamentals of Music Care: Theory and Context

Level 1 will introduce students to basic theory of music care, and offered various kinds of strategies that could be applied to various settings. No prior musical experience or health-sector experience is required for Level 1. This 14-hour course will prepare you to:

  •  Understand the basic principles of music in care
  •  Gain confidence using specific music care techniques
  •  Develop a strategic plan for a music care program in your practice

Level 1 Learning Goals:

  •  Describe the different goals of music care and how they can be applied to care settings
  •  Understand the context and impact of music care within a changing health care system
  •  Demonstrate a sensitivity and understanding of the impact of sound and music in a care space
  •  Show awareness of the broad range of music care resources and provide examples
  •  Experience first-hand the impact of various music care methods
  •  Build confidence using music care methods and techniques
  •  Build confidence using the voice as an instrument of care
  •  Develop a proposal for a music care initiative in a real-life care setting

Level 2: Caring for the Whole Person With Music

Level 2 will look further into the effects of music and broaden awareness of how music can accompany your care practice. Participants will learn how to incorporate music into their care context most effectively, and how music care happens within a care relationship. By considering how music fits into the circle of care, participants will see how music care fits into the paradigm of caregiving. This 14-hour course will complement other professional training and enrich your own scope of practice.

Level 2 Learning Goals:

  •  Develop an understanding of applied music care principles in specific contexts
  •  Demonstrate a practical understanding of how to implement music care programs into care settings
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of research in music care in specific care contexts
  •  Demonstrate a knowledge of research in the five domains of music and wellbeing
  •  Identify personal learning objectives for specific music care skills

About Room 217

The Room 217 Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation and registered Canadian charity dedicated to caring for the whole person with music. Room 217 produces and delivers therapeutic music products, provides skills and training for integrating music into care, gets music care resources to people who need them most and supports music care research. Since 2005, the music of Room 217 has been a peaceful presence in the lives of thousands of people. Music care resources offer relaxation, encouragement, sleep promotion, comfort and supportive care. The most common uses include: wellbeing, caregiving, therapeutic intervention, spiritual enrichment, atmosphere, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, end-of-life and after care, recreation and leisure, and baby care.

About JB Music Therapy

JB Music Therapy is a team of Accredited Music Therapists who design treatment plans for people of all ages. Established in 1991, JBMT facilitates programs for almost 2,000 individuals at more than 160 locations, including agencies, hospitals, schools, private residences and its office. In Calgary, Room 217’s Music Care Certificate Program is held at JB Music Therapy, and its staff facilitates the training.

About The Room 217 Foundation:

Bev FosterMusic educator Bev Foster saw how music affected her father as he was dying in Room 217 of Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. She researched how music could be offered in palliative care, and launched a demo CD in 2004. Since then, Room 217 has created 12 CDs, three DVDs and a resource guide, and has developed educational components to caring with music. The Foundation is launching a dementia care singing program in November.
Room 217’s resources are used across the country by staff and volunteers in long-term care homes, community programs, hospice and palliative care, as well as by family caregivers at home, and spiritual care providers. The resources are suitable for any situation where people need comforting and soothing.

The Room 217 Foundation generates revenue through the sales of its resources (CDs, DVDs, Music Care Conference and Music Care Certificate Program) and through donations from individuals, foundations and government grants.

For more information about this social entrepreneurship that researches, develops, produces and distributes music care resources, visit our website,, or call us at 905-852-2499.

Room 217 Foundation