Monday Meetings: Meet Dr. Colin Lee!

Faculty Bios - Colin Lee

Colin Andrew Lee

Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Colin Andrew Lee received a PhD from City University, London, England. Following piano studies at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, Detmold, Germany, he earned a Postgraduate Diploma in music therapy from the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Center, London, England. Lee has extensive clinical and supervisory experience and is an active researcher in many areas including HIV/AIDS and the analysis of clinical improvisation.  Recent work includes concert performances of improvisations based on clinical themes.

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)
  • Paul Nordoff: Composer and Music Therapist (2014).

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that every student brings their own unique contribution and creative gifts to their learning and eventual entry into the field of music therapy. As a music therapist we take a moral responsibility to understand the unique needs of clients and then provide the finest quality music we can to fulfill these needs. My developing theory of Aesthetic Music Therapy promotes the view that music itself is the core of the therapeutic process. The inspiration and quality of music making is paramount and the emotional truths created through clinical composition and improvisation provides a space for clients to discover their full potential. WLU is unique as it is the only music therapy program in Canada that offers an undergraduate and graduate degree as well as an internationally recognized research centre. At Laurier research and practice go hand-in-hand to provide one of the most innovative and established academic centers in Canada.


Undergraduate Courses – MU258, MU362

Graduate Courses – MU501, MU605

Fun Facts

In addition to teaching at Laurier and writing, Colin also enjoys cooking, good wine and working out!

For a more detailed biography of Dr. Colin Lee, please see


About Laurier MTSA

We are a student association at Wilfrid Laurier University and most of our members are students in the Music Therapy program. We exist to educate about, promote, and support the work of music therapy, and to support the academic, career, and personal needs of the Music Therapy Students. Our mandate is to unite prospective, current and alumni students while promoting our profession in the larger community.
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