Movement through Music: Music Therapy Video Games for Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy

Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT)


Music is a positive experience associated with motivation, reward, attention, and mood, all factors which facilitate motor learning. In adult stroke patients, studies have shown that making music as part of hand/arm rehabilitation programs (e.g. playing drums/keyboard) may be more effective than conventional approaches. We are conducting research to explore the potential of these music-supported therapies in children. For this purpose, we have developed “MusicMaster”, a music-themed video game intervention that adapts a music-supported rehabilitation protocol originally designed for adult stroke patients.


Listen to a melody, then play it back on a colourful virtual keyboard. Microsoft’s Kinect detects upper limb movements and translates them onto a television screen.


Choose from an array of instruments including the violin, piano, and guitar.


Therapist Menu

Therapists can choose the music, set up playlists, and adjust the layout of the targets.



Collect coins and "Bootles" for every melody played!


Stephanie Cheung, PhD student at the University of Toronto

Dr. Darcy Fehlings, Senior Scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute

Dr. Elaine Biddiss, Scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute

Dr. Joyce Chen, Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute

Funding Agency

  • Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
  • Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (University of Toronto)
  • Lillian and Don Wright Foundation
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Ontario Brain Institute
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