Ranch Ehrlo is excited to partner with the National Music Centre (NMC) to give more participants and families the opportunity to grow and develop with the power of music therapy.

Following a formal proposal, Ranch Ehrlo Society was recently chosen as one of four organizations in Saskatchewan to help expand the work of NMC and music therapy into the prairies.

Thanks to a generous grant from the NMC, Ranch Ehrlo Society has received $50,000 to expand its therapeutic music program!

Ranch Ehrlo Society has used various forms of music engagement over the years. We currently have a contract with certified music therapists to provide this service. Within music therapy, the music therapist and participants use voice, instrumental improvisation, psychodynamic music therapy models, exploration of musical space, unique sounds, emotions, movement, sensory experiences, and improvised, contemporary, and classical music to support development, health, and well-being.

“In 2011, we started more consistently incorporating music therapy with the participants in our Supported Living Program (SLP) and have noticed many benefits to their mental health and improvements in their daily lives,” explained David Rivers, vice-president of clinical and family services.

(Lto r): Jennifer Buchanan, National
Music Centre, Melanie McDonald,
certified music therapist,
and David Rivers

Some of the outcomes include:

  • Increased focus and active engagement
  • Elevated mood and decreased anxiety
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Enhanced executive functioning
  • Enhanced trust and development of relationships
  • Enhanced cultural connection

With the additional funds from this partnership, music therapy services at Ranch Ehrlo Society will expand with the aim of serving 50 to 80 new participants weekly.

“With these funds, we will be able to offer music therapy services to families in the Family Treatment Program, and the Family Centred Addiction Program, as well as added support for the youth and SLP 2SLGBTQQI+ True Colours programs," said David.