St James Music Academy

East Vancouver , BC


January 1st, 2021



SJMA Children with Fred Penner - 2019 Strike A Chord Gala

Music makes me, ME!


Children and youth ages 5-18 living in low income households (below LICO) in the DTES community and identified as ‘at-risk’ and who also face additional barriers, eg ADHD, FAS, trauma, ASD.

How has COVID-19 impacted the program?

SJMA closed on March 17th and has only reopened as of September 22nd. In the interim they transitioned to virtual learning, emergency food and hygiene relief to their families, and various alternative means of ‘staying connected.’ To accommodate on site education this year, massive adjustments have taken place, including scrupulous safety measures throughout, scheduling changes, reduced numbers, and blending on site education with virtual education.

Your support will sustain the 7.5 hrs per week that the music therapist is able to serve 20 clients in the SJMA music therapy program. After additional student assessments, and as Covid responses and protocols allow, SJMA is hoping to add group and one-on-one sessions as needed. It’s too premature at this time to forecast with any exactness, but “flexibility” is their new middle name!

Kristen Shin

Kristen Shin is an accredited music therapist working primarily in long-term care and dementia, end-of-life palliative care, and grief and bereavement. She works with clients from a variety of different ages and backgrounds, each with their own unique voice and story. In her work as a music therapist, Kristen has been privileged to witness how singing and music can unlock meaning, emotion, and healing in precious and unexpected ways.

You can help us reach more Canadians with the healing power of music. We invite you to give the gift of music to provide hope, strength, relief and encouragement to Canadians in need.

No contribution is too small!