Summer is fast approaching, and the end of the school year will be here before we know it!!!  Unlike the students, Allen Music Therapy will not be taking the summer off, and is looking for interested applicants to enroll in summer sessions and lessons.

There are many different ways Allen Music Therapy’s primary music therapist Daniel Allen (MTA, MT-BC) can use the healing powers of developmental music therapy to assist you and those you love.  These methods include:

  • 1 on 1 music therapy sessions
  • Group music therapy sessions for groups of 3-8 participants
  • Individual adapted music lessons
  • Inclusive music classes for groups of 3-12 participants


Daniel will work to develop a program best suited for you or your loved ones using developmental music therapy techniques, continual assessment, through documentation, and appropriate adaptations.  The possibilities are endless!

For more information on Daniel and Allen Music Therapy please click the tabs at the top of the page.  If interested in registering, please click “Book A Session”.

Looking forward to meeting you this summer!

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Registration now open for “Music For All”

March is here, meaning registration is now open for the inclusive Music For All music group.  It is being run in partnership between Allen Music Therapy and the Kitchener Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance.  This group is open to all abilities from first timers to seasoned professionals.

Here is a quick rundown of the group:

Location: Downtown Community Centre, 35-B Weber Street West, Kitchener ON

Duration: Weekly on Tuesday afternoons from 1-2pm for ten weeks.

Start Date: April 11th

End Date: June 13th

Cost: $85 dollars + HST

Age Requirements: 18+

For additional information or if interested please contact Mary Dowhaniuk by phone at 519-741-2501, or by email at  You can also direct inquiries through Allen Music Therapy by emailing or by leaving a post on this website.
This is a great chance to try something new during the Spring.  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the first class!


“Music For All” Announcement

Allen Music Therapy is pleased to announce a new inclusive music group starting up in the spring called “Music For All” for individuals of all abilities. This group is a partnership with both the Kitchener Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance and the WALES group.

Sessions will run on Tuesday afternoons from 1-2pm. Sessions begin on April 11th and finish on June 13th. All sessions will be held at the Downtown Community Centre located on 35-B Weber St West in Kitchener.

Registration will begin one week from today on Tuesday February 28th. Stay tuned for more information regarding how to register.  For more information about the group, please contact  You can also contact the Downtown Neighbourhood Alliance by emailing


Feeling like a challenge? Want to learn something new? Come on out and make some music!! Please share and help to spread the word.

Mount Hope Music Club Cancelled

Sadly due to low attendance numbers and upcoming circumstances, there will be no further Mount Hope Music Club classes.  The classes we had were fun, and I enjoyed getting the chance to meet and work with new members of my community.

However there is positive news coming up.  Allen Music Therapy is currently working on two main projects that are scheduled to start in the spring of 2017.  Stay tuned for more information.

To find out more about updates and upcoming programs, please follow Allen Music Therapy on Facebook and Twitter by clicking the links below:

How to Start Living Acceptance: An interview with Ryan McTavish.

When not involved in music therapy, one of my roles is that of a Direct Support Person for Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.  One of my favorite parts of this position is the chance to meet and work with numerous individuals who fight adversity everyday as a result of a diagnosis, illness, or disorder.  I love working with these individuals to help them become involved in their communities, and to achieve personal success in their lives.

One of these individuals is Ryan McTavish.  Ryan is a young man who was diagnosed with autism at the age of five.  Throughout his life, Ryan has faced the challenges of living with autism head on, and has achieved success in numerous areas of his life.  Ryan is a highly talented drummer and recording artist, and has performed and recorded with many local bands.  He is also a successful public speaker, and has given presentations all across Canada.

Ryan’s current project is the “Start Living Acceptance” initiative.  Ryan uses this initiative to promote increase acceptance of individuals living with autism instead of just raising awareness.  Ryan has made numerous big strides in the past year to help spread the word about his initiative, and I have enjoyed watching it grow and prosper.

The other day, I sat down with Ryan to ask him questions about his initiative in order to help spread the word.  This is what we talked about:

Daniel A: When did you first start the “Start Living Acceptance” initiative?

Ryan M: I have always been involved in this initiative; however I really shifted my focus from awareness to acceptance in the fall of 2015.

DA: What are you trying to achieve/who are you trying to reach out to via the initiative?

RM: There has been so much work and action raised towards awareness, however I feel awareness can only go so far.  Often while people are aware of autism, when they are exposed to a meltdown, they distance themselves from what is happening.  They are aware but do not accept that this is part of this individual.  I would like people to step outside of their comfort zone, and to fully accept people for who they are regardless of what they do

DA: What has been your favorite moment involving the initiative so far?

RM: I am very proud of the “Rock for Autism” concerts that I created.  They are a way for me to branch into a certain market of people who would be attracted and interested in the work that I do.  I also feel that the amount of people interested in what I do should be more diverse.  This concert serves as a way to bring what I do out into the community beyond just the families of those within autism services.  It is a vehicle to allow my message to reach people from all different backgrounds.

DA: Describe your musical background.

RM: I have been a drummer since the age of four.  I have done session and performance work with numerous artists such as Richard Garvey, Erick Traplin, and Fred Penner.  I have also been a guest performer alongside various artists including The Proclaimers, James Gordon, and The Backtrack Band.

DA: What have been some of the challenges you have experienced creating the initiative?

RM: Garnering interest!!!  One of the biggest challenges has been trying to brand and market my initiative to a wider group of people.  While I have reached lots of people with my message, there are so many people and so many initiatives present, and it can be a challenge to get my voice heard.  It also takes a lot of hard work to maintain and promote the initiative, and often gaining results takes a long time.

DA: What are your plans for 2017 and beyond?

RM: I am hosting a bigger and better Rock for Autism this year which will carry on the momentum of the 2015 show.   I also hope to continue finding performing, public speaking, and recording opportunities to help spread awareness of my message and my musical talents

DA: Where can people find out more information about the initiative?

RM: More information can be found through my facebook, twitter, and Youtube pages.  The links for each are below.   I also created a promotional video for the initiative, and the link for it is also posted below.

DA: How can people help you with your initiative?

RM: People can help by considering being more accepting of those living with autism and how they live.  Everyone is unique and we should celebrate these individuality.  I would also like people to help me spread the word on my initiative and what I stand for.  Networking is a team activity, and the more people we discuss this with, the bigger network we can create.  I hope people will consider my message when working, living, or interacting with those living with autism.

I really enjoy working with Ryan, and I find his perspective of increased autism acceptance very refreshing.  As a clinician who frequently works with autistic clients, I also really appreciate hearing about Ryan’s experiences growing up with autism.  I am a strong supporter of “Start Living Acceptance”, and I hope you take the time to learn more about it!  Keep your eyes out for Ryan at a public speaking event or musical concert near you, and remember to “Start Living Acceptance!”


Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays everyone!

I hope everyone is having enjoying the season with your friends and family!  On behalf of Allen Music Therapy, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

There are still openings in Mount Hope Music Club.  We have had some interest from individuals and groups, and are still planning on launching on January 9th.  If you are interested in joining, please contact me at 519-760-3530, or by email at It’s shaping up to be a fun group, and I can’t wait to get it started!

Thanks again for all the support!  I look forward to seeing Allen Music Therapy continue to grow in 2017.

New Opportunities in 2017!

The new year will be here before we know it, and Allen Music Therapy is looking to take on new clients/students.  There are plenty of openings available for both music therapy sessions and adapted music lessons throughout the week.  Allen Music Therapy would love to help you and your loved ones experience the therapeutic power of music.  Please contact myself for more details regarding registration, or click the “Book a Session” tab.

As posted previously, the Mount Hope Music Club is starting up on January 9th.  It is a ten week community music program based in the Mount Hope neighborhood of Kitchener.  Sign up soon in order to guarantee a spot in the group.  It is looking like it will be a lot of fun!

A second community music group is in the works for April 2017.  More information will be posted as it comes.

Thanks again for your continued support of both my business, and music therapy!!