Kevin Kirkland

Kevin Kirkland

PhD (University of B.C.), MA (California State University), BMT (Capilano U), B.Mus in Composition (University of Alberta), FAMI, MTA

Instructor - Bachelor of Music Therapy

Dr. Kevin Kirkland teaches half time in the Music Therapy program and also works as a Music Therapist with adults in treatment for mental health and addictions issues in an inpatient setting. Kevin completed his Ph.D. in 2004 on the topic of trauma and the creative arts. He brings a research-informed, music-based and depth perspective to the classroom. Kevin has been part of Music Therapy faculty since 2009.

Music Therapy Employment:

  • Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction

Music Therapy Areas of Interest:

  • Mental health & addiction, Alzheimer Disease, spirituality, Guided Imagery & Music, research, creativity, arts-based education, sexual Abuse, trauma informed practice 









  • Kirkland, K., Fortuna, M.C., Kelson, E., Phinney, A., (2014). Music, spirituality, and meaning: A mixed methods study on the effectiveness of a combined music therapy and spiritual care group for persons with dementia. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 18(1).
  • Kirkland, K., (2013). Music therapy and your health: Healing through music. Family Health (Spring): 18-19.
  • Kirkland, K. (Editor), (2013). International dictionary of music therapy. London: Routledge Press.
  • Kirkland, K., Summers, S., (2013). Research in music therapy: Proposal, protocol, and process. Proceedings of the 38th conference of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.
  • Kirkland, K., (2011). Navigating art therapy: A therapist’s companion. (book review). Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 17(1).
  • Kirkland, K., McIlveen, H., Boelhouwer, M., van der Wal, P., (2011). 'k Zou zo graag een ketting rijgen (2nd revised ed.). Dutch translation of Full Circle (1999).
  • Kirkland, K., (2010). An interview with Dr. Denise Grocke. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 16(1), 117-122.
  • Kirkland, K., (2010). (Book review) Episodes of relationship completion through song: Case studies of music therapy research in palliative care by Amy Clements-Cortes. Submitted to Music Therapy Perspectives.
  • Kirkland, K., (2009). An interview with David Akombo. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 15(1), 68-71.
  • Kirkland, K., (2009). River Bed. Performative work featured in Educational Insights 13(2), 2009.
  • Kirkland, K., (2009). Suffering and the sublime: A case study of music, metaphor, and meaning. Association for Music & Imagery. (peer reviewed journal article)
  • Kirkland, K., (2007).  A grim fairy tale. In Jacobs, D. “Four Arrows” (Ed.) The authentic dissertation: Alternative ways of knowing, research and representation. London: Routledge. (Book chapter).
  • Kirkland, K., & Leggo, C., (2007). A grim fairy tale: Taboo, mythopoetics, and truth telling. In J. G. Knowles, A. L. Cole, L. Neilsen, & S. Promislow (Eds.). Creating scholartistry: Imagining the arts-informed thesis or dissertation. Halifax, NS & Toronto, ON: Backalong Books & Centre for Arts-informed Research. (Book chapter).
  • Kirkland, K., (2006). Thinking about assessment: Assessing your thinking. The Drumbeat, 8(1), 14-15. (Newsletter article).
  • Kirkland, K., (2004). Abuse in gay male relationships: A discussion paper. Health Canada: Family Violence Prevention Unit. (Health Report).
  • Kirkland, K., (2004). Country of the month: Canada. Voices: A world forum for music therapy.
  • Kirkland, K., & McIlveen, H., (2004). Full circle: Spiritual therapy for the elderly. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press. (Book).
  • Kirkland, K., & McIlveen, H., (2002). Full Circle: Spiritual therapy for people with dementia. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 14(4), 245-247. (peer reviewed journal artricle).
  • Kirkland, K., & McIlveen, H., (1999). Full Circle: Spiritual therapy for people with dementia. Healing Ministry, 6(5), 181-184. (peer reviewed journal article, simultaneously published with the former).
  • Kirkland, K., (1999). Sound and silence: Music therapy in palliative care. In S. L. Bertman (Ed.), Grief and the healing arts: Creativity as therapy. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing. (Book chapter).