Detailed descriptions of the workshops

MTABC offers workshops that will build your professional resources, musically and academically. Attending these workshops will enable you to refresh, expand and explore your professional skills as well as make connections with other music therapists. We are continuously looking for ideas and suggestions for future professional development workshops and potential presenters.

These workshops are a complimentary member service available to all MTABC members. Non-MTABC members are welcome to attend at a cost of $35/workshop. CE certificates will be given upon completion of the workshop. Where possible, these workshops will be recorded and uploaded to the “Recorded workshop” area within a month.

MTABC introduced several different professionals from various backgrounds who offered us invaluable resources this past year. All of our workshops were well attended by our members and often we were at full capacity.

Our CE workshops in the Lower Mainland will help develop skills to support the growth of music therapy in BC.

Please check our website for upcoming CE workshops or if you have ideas for a workshop topic or presenters, please contact the CE workshop chair at:

If you are looking for past CE workshops and recorded workshops, please click here (membership required).

Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at an MTABC workshop!

Lorri Johnson, MTA
CE Chairperson
For further details of these events, please check the Events calendar

AGM Workshop – Pilates for Music Therapists: Body care for a Healthy Practice

Presenter: Marla Waal
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019
Time: TBD
Location: Health Sciences Association building, 180 E. Columbia st, New Westminster

Workshop description:

In this 90 minute workshop designed for music therapists Marla Waal will move you through some groundand strengthening exercises, as well as some breathing and relaxation techniques. Weaving together some of the gems from the various techniques Marla has studied in depth, you will leave with some new tools in your toolbox of self care! You will finally understand how to find your ‘core’, the best way to sit (If you must), and how to breathe efficiently.

Presenter: Marla Waal

Marla was a professional dancer for 12 years, performing and teaching around the globe. She studied and performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, danced and toured with Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She is passionate about helping people feel more free and strong in their bodies, and helps people wake up their own body wisdom.
After settling in Vancouver 20 plus years ago, Marla began teaching and studying Yoga. She has delved deeply into a wide variety of styles, from Ashtanga to restorative yoga and meditation.
A desire for a deeper understanding of body mechanics and anatomy brought her to the Franklin Method and then Pilates at the Vancouver Pilates Centre. Marla is a Level 1 Franklin Method Educator, and is certified in Pilates by Dianne Miller. Marla has studied and taught at VPC for the last 7 years.
Continuing to search for more effective ways to help people experience joy in movement and freedom in their bodies, Marla discovered ELDOA. In 2015 she began training and is now a level 3 ELDOA practitioner in this very powerful and unique method created by French Osteopath Guy Voyer DO.