Susan Summers

Susan Summers

PhD in Leadership and Change (Antioch University), MMT (BC Open University), Dip.MT (Capilano College), BEd (University of Calgary), BPE (University of Calgary), AVPT, NMT, MTA

Instructor - Bachelor of Music Therapy

Dr. Susan Summers is an accredited music therapist who has been teaching in the program since 1998. Susan brings a student-centred and applied practice-based approach to her teaching in the classroom and PMI voice, informed by a breadth and depth of almost 30 years of music therapy clinical experience. 

Music Therapy Employment:

  • Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health: older adults in complex care.
  • Private practice: older adults in community and residential care, speech rehabilitation with adults and older adults.  

Music Therapy Areas of Interest:

  • Voice work, vocal psychotherapy and energetic healing with voice; hospice and end of life care; research and supervision    

Professional Accomplishments:

  • Susan currently serves on the MTABC and CAMT boards as well as on two national charities and FACTBC. 
  • She has been involved as a clinician/researcher in geriatric music therapy research and has been a regular presenter in conferences across Canada, and in the United States, Japan, and Germany.  



  • Summers, S. (2014). Portraits of vocal psychotherapists: Singing as a healing influence for change and transformation. Unpublished (doctoral dissertation). Yellow Springs, OH: Antioch University.
  • Summers. S. (2013). The Hello Space Model. In K. Kirkland (Ed.). International Dictionary of Music Therapy. Routledge Publishers. 57
  • Baker, F. & Uhlig, S. (Eds) (2011).  The vocal hello space model in hospice music therapy. The handbook of therapeutic voicework in music therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley. (book chapter)
  • Summers, S. (1999). A tapestry of voices: Community building with a geriatric choir reflected in a music therapy practice. Unpublished masters thesis. Vancouver, BC: Open University of BC.
  • Bird, N., Merrill, T., Mohan, H., Summers, S., Woodward, A. (1999). Staying alive in our work: A group's experience in peer supervision.  Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, VII, l, 51-67.