Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams

MCAT (Hahnemann University, Philadelphia), BMus (University of Toronto), MTA

Coordinator & Instructor - Bachelor of Music Therapy

Stephen is the program coordinator for Music Therapy and he teaches in the program.   He is an Accredited Music Therapist with 30 years of experience primarily with children and adults.  Stephen brings humour, compassion and a wealth of experiential learning to an engaging and participative classroom experience.  He is known for presenting material in a practical, organized and understandable manner.  He has been teaching in the Music Therapy program for the past 26 years.

Stephen teaches Clinical Skills (MT 330), Introduction to Counselling Skills (MT 380), Health Conditions of Childhood (MT 370), Practicum I (MT 391), and Professional Development (MT 461).

Music Therapy Employment: 

  • Stephen maintains a small private practice working primarily with adults working through a variety of life issues using counselling, improvisation and Music Therapy.  His practice has also included a speciality with children who have Asperger’s Syndrome.

Music Therapy Areas of Interest: 

  • Counselling skills and Music Therapy, piano improvisation, ethics and professional development.

Professional Accomplishments:  

  • Invited Closing Keynote Speaker, Canadian Association for Music Therapists Annual Conference, 2016, Kitchener, Ontario.
  • Committee chair for three provincial music therapy conferences and one national music therapy conference.
  • Years of service on national and provincial boards, including FACTBC, the Federation of Associations for Counselling Therapy in BC and its previous body, the Task Group for Counsellor Regulation in BC.
  • “Frannie Award” from the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund for significant contributions to the profession of Music Therapy, 2012.


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  • Williams, S. (2014). Book review: “Music Therapy Education and Training: From Theory to Practice” (K. D. Goodman).  Approaches: Music Therapy and Special Music Education.
  • Williams, S. (2011).  Book Review: “Improvising in Styles: A Workbook for Music Therapists, Educators, and Musicians” (C.A. Lee and M. Houde).  Australian Music Therapy Journal.
  • Williams, S. (1992) “Piano Improvisation in Therapy; Piano Improvisation as Therapy". Music as Therapy Journal, 2(1).
  • Williams, S. (1988) "Dependency as a Personality Trait in the Therapeutic Relationship: A Case Study in Music Therapy in the Prison Setting". Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference Proceedings.
  • Editor, Conference Program for the Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference, 1999
  • Editor, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Volumes 3 and 4, 1995 and 1996.
  • Editorial Team, "Kaleidoscope" A Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund publication, 1998.