Andy MacDonald is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada at the tender age of zero. After completing a BMus at Humber College in Toronto (2011), support from Canada Council for the Arts enabled Andy to study of Django Reinhardt jazz techniques and compose in France and Montreal (2013/2014). As guitarist / singer / banjoist, he has performed with many unique artists including Denielle Bassels, Denis Chang, Alex Pangman, the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, Climax Jazz Band, Well Charged, Luvmenauts, Tia Brazda, Quique Escamilla and Drew Jurecka. Andy has toured throughout North America and Europe (Paris, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, New Orleans, New York).
As a creative improviser and composer, Andy has written and recorded original music with his group Les Petits Nouveaux. In 2017, the ensemble released their second album which was recorded in Toronto and Stockholm. In 2018, the group was invited back for a 3rd visit to Sweden.
As someone whose life has been helped immeasurably by music, I have come to recognize the therapeutic potential it has and seek to share that potential with others. While music therapy goals and objectives vary widely according to client populations and needs, my primary mission as a music therapist is to help individuals reach their greatest health & wellbeing potential through participation in music activities. These music activities include instrumental and vocal improvising, songwriting, movement to music and receptive listening.
About Music Therapy
Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains. (Canadian Association of Music Therapists, 2018)