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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
April 16, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Colin Lee

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Music Therapy

Contact Information
Phone: ext.2892

Office Location: A202

Academic Background
BA (Colchester, England), Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy (London, England), PhD (City University, London)

Dr. Colin Andrew Lee, Director of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University Canada, received a PhD from City University, London in 1992. Following piano studies at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, Germany, he earned a Postgraduate Diploma in music therapy from the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center, London, England (1984). He has extensive clinical and supervisory experience and has specialized in the areas HIV/AIDS and palliative care. His research has focused on the musicological potential for music therapy, looking at links between the micro/musical analysis of improvisation and its potential understanding for therapeutic outcome. This work culminated in his developing music-centered theory of Aesthetic Music Therapy (AeMT). Colinís recent developing sessions with the Penderecki String Quartet has taken his work into the new field of music therapy with musicians. He also gives improvised concerts based on his experiences as a music therapist. Colin has presented at conferences and taught in Europe, North America and Asia. Before leaving the UK he established the Towersey Foundation, a charity that promotes and creates positions for music therapy in palliative care. Colin has published many articles in journals and edited books. Books include: Music at the Edge: The Music Therapy Experiences of a Musician with AIDS (1996), The Architecture of Aesthetic Music Therapy (2005) & (Lee, Houde) Improvising in Styles: A Workbook for Music Therapists (2010).