Noriko Arai is a certified Music Therapist and is dedicated to working with children. She has been working with a variety of children with physical and developmental disabilities, especially those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Originally from Japan, she came to Canada to pursue a career in music therapy. She graduated from the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program at Capilano University and believes firmly that music can be a form of expression and communication and can affect the body and mind in powerful ways. She is convinced that every child has potential abilities that can be developed and be responsive to rhythms, melody, and harmony. Music therapy helps to enhance a person’s life, empowering students to discover their strength and self-esteem. Her main approaches are student-centred, focused on building therapeutic relationships with each student. She utilizes the elements of music and creates music together with students based on clinical improvisation and through playing instruments, singing, song-writing, listening, composing, and recording. Music can connect with participants and enable students to explore themselves in relation to others and engage with the world. She believes that through music therapy experiences, children are able to improve social interaction, increase attention skills, and develop their self-expression, creativity, and communication skills.
Noriko Arai is a classical piano teacher. Originally from Japan, she began to learn piano at the age of 3 and was classically trained completing her senior high school teacher training and before graduating from the Osaka College of Music. Ms Arai came to Canada to pursue her career in music therapy and graduated from the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program at Capilano University. Through her practicums and internship training, she has improved her piano improvisation techniques and composing skills and has worked with a variety of children and adults with special needs as well as seniors at long term care facilities. She has taught piano, ukulele, and xylophone to children and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She incorporates music therapy techniques into piano lessons so that she is able to teach piano to children with special needs.