Music Therapy Training
Sarah Pearson completed her MMT at Laurier in 2013, where she completed placements and internships in stroke recovery, adolescent mental health, oncology, and long term care.
Model of Practice & Clinical Interests
During her master’s, Sarah became very interested in community music therapy and feminist music therapy models, and applies these theories directly to her practice in oncology. She sees her role, and the role of music therapy, in the health care setting as a dual one: part-clinician, part arts-in-health representative, and is very excited about music therapy’s ability to address the growing interest in health care to incorporate humanistic practices.
Sarah also works for the Room 217 Foundation, an organization that promotes the broad use of both clinical and non-clinical music as an essential component to caregiving. With Room 217, Sarah has designed and taught a training program for professional and volunteer caregivers in the general principles of music in care.
Main Client Populations
Sarah works at Grand River Hospital as the music therapist in the oncology program, specializing in mainly inpatient and palliative populations.
Sarah is also a professional choral artist and singer-songwriter, and in her spare time, loves to bike, hike and run, host potlucks, and jam!