Sue Baines

Sue Baines

PhD (University of Limerick), MA (New York University), BMT (Wilfrid Laurier University), B.Mus. (University of Calgary), FAMI, MTA

Instructor - Bachelor of Music Therapy

Dr. Sue Baines is an Accredited Music Therapist who has been teaching in the Music Therapy program since 1997. She continues her PhD research in music therapy as an anti-oppressive practice. Students appreciate Sue’s supportive approach to learning and her depth of clinical experience with children, teens, adults and elders.     

Additional Music Therapy Employment:

  • Long-term care
  • In-patient psychiatry

Music Therapy Areas of Interest

  • Music Therapy as an Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Social Justice and Peace

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Editor of the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy
  • Academic publications making the links between music therapy and social justice
  • Academic book review in the fields of music therapy and social work
  • Academic presentations and workshops in the field of music therapy in Canada, USA, and South Africa
  • supervised numerous music therapy interns and practicum students
  • served on both the MTABC and CAMT Boards in the past
  • Chair of the Spiritual Care Committee at the German Canadian Care Home in Vancouver









  • Baines, S. 2016. The role of culture in music and medicine: Considerations to enhance health, Music and Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(3), 91-95.
  • Baines, S. & Edwards, J. 2015. Considering the ways in which anti-oppressive practice can inform health research, The Arts in Psychotherapy, 42, 28-34.
  • Baines, S. 2014. Giving Voice to Service-User Choice: Music Therapy as an Anti-Oppressive Practice, Doctoral Thesis, University of Limerick, IR,
  • Baines, S., Edwards, J., McCaffrey, T., & Noone, J. 2014. Including service user perspectives in research: Reflections of the Music and Health Research Group at the University of Limerick. Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapies Journal,2(1), 1-39.
  • Baines, S. 2013. A Brief Anti-Oppressive Analysis of Music Pedagogy, The Professional Musician, and the Music Business: A Case for Music Therapy, in Simon, P. & Szabo, T., (eds.). Music: Social Impacts, Health Benefits and Perspectives, NOVA Publishers,
  • Baines, S. 2013. Music Therapy as an Anti-Oppressive Practice. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 40, 1-5.
  • Schmid, I.; Marks, B.; Sixsmith, A., Jung, K.; Baines, S.; & Carson, J. 2012. Music player for dementia care homes, Gerontechnology, 11(2), 421-427.
  • Baines, S. & Danko, G. 2010. Community Music Therapy in Community Mental Health:  A Consumer Initiated Song-Based Paradigm, Canadian Journal for Music Therapy.
  • Baines, S. 2000. A Consumer-directed and partnered community mental health music therapy program:  program development and evaluation.  Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 7(1).
  • Baines, S. 1994. Life’s work in the context of current employment:  Developing an ethical framework for music therapy practice.  Canadian Journal of Music Therapy.
  • Baines, S.  1993. Music therapists for peace:  Multiculturalism and implications for South Africa.  South African Journal of Music Therapy, 11(1).