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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
December 6, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Colin Lee

Professor, Music Therapy; 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 is professor of Music Therapy and coordinator of undergraduate studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. 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 subsequently received a PhD from City University, London (1992). Colin 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 theory of Aesthetic Music Therapy (AeMT). Colin’s 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), Improvising in Styles: A Workbook for Music Therapists, Educators and Musicians (Lee &Houde 2011), and Paul Nordoff: Composer and Music Therapist (2014).