BA (Hons), MTA, MA, M.Ed, RP, PhD (Candidate)

Instructor, Music Therapy
School of Allied Health
School of Allied Health - Music Therapy

604.986.1911 ext. 7406
Fir Building, room FR201E


PhD, Health Policy and Equity, York University, Candidate.

Fellow, Association for Music and Imagery, 2017.

M.Ed., Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Toronto, 2016.

MA, Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy), Concordia University, 2012.

Certified Music Therapist (MTA), Canadian Association of Music Therapists, 2009.

Certificate, Music Therapy, Acadia University, 2008.

BA (Honours), Music and Psychology, McMaster University, 2006.

"I believe that the teacher-student relationship goes both ways. I learn from my students just as they learn from me."


Kiki Chang (M.Ed., University of Toronto, 2016) is a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) and core member of the music therapy faculty at Capilano University. Prior to coming to CapU, she worked in long-term care and hospital settings in Toronto, Ontario, providing music therapy services to adults between the ages of 20 to 100+ years old, with various physical, cognitive and mental health needs. She also has experience working with children in schools, as well as supervising music therapy practicum students and interns.

After completing the Certificate in Music Therapy program at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Chang went on to complete graduate-level training in music therapy (at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec) and in counselling and psychotherapy (at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario). This combination of training allows Chang to better meet the needs of clients, using both music therapy and verbal psychotherapy techniques. In addition, Chang has completed advanced-level training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) and is a Fellow with the Association for Music and Imagery.

Currently, Chang is completing a PhD in Health Policy and Equity through York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her dissertation focuses on the professionalization of music therapy in Ontario, examining the impacts of government regulation of psychotherapy on music therapy. Chang's doctoral training has led her to use an equity-based lens in all aspects of her work, including clinical practice and teaching and learning at the post-secondary level.

Chang is an active member of the music therapy community, presenting at numerous conferences and volunteering with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT) in a variety of roles.  In 2015, she joined the CAMT Board of Directors as Certification Chair and then served as President from 2019 to 2022.  Currently she serves on the board as Past President of CAMT.

I teach a variety of courses within CapU's music therapy program, including practicum at both the third- and fourth-year levels, along with overseeing the pre-professional practicum (also known as the internship).

I bring my lived experience into the classroom, as well as emphasizing the importance of social justice, equity, intersectionality, and authenticity. Active and experiential learning are key components of my teaching philosophy and I use a variety of active learning activities to best meet the needs of students.

My research interests focus on professional issues that affect music therapists. My doctoral research examines the impact of government regulation of psychotherapy on music therapy and if it is an effective way for music therapy in Canada to become a legitimate profession in the eyes of the state and the public. I have also previously conducted research on burnout among music therapists as part of my master's degree.

Chang, K. (2020). [Review of the book Guided imagery and music: The Bonny method and beyond 2nd ed., by Denise Grocke (Ed.)], Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 16(1), 89-95.

Chang, K. (2018). An analysis of Ontario’s Bill 148: Do fairer workplaces and better jobs lead to improved health for precarious workers? Women’s Health & Urban Life, 14(1), 31-45.

Chang, K. (2016). GIM level III C/D training. Ensemble, 42(2), 14. 42(2), 14.

Chang, K. (2015). CE bursary supports GIM level IIIB training. Ensemble, 41(2), 15.

Clements-Cortes, A., Pearson, C., & Chang, K. (2015). Creating effective music listening opportunities. Toronto, Ontario: Baycrest, baycrest.org/Baycrest-Pages/About-Baycrest/Publications/Books-Multimedia/Creating-Effective-Music-Listening-Opportunities

Chang, K. (2014). GIM level III training. Ensemble, 40(1), 8.

Chang, K. (2014). An opportunity for positive change and growth: Music therapists' experiences of burnout. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 20(2), 64-85.

Graduate Doctoral Fellowship, York University, 2017-22.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2019-21.

Graduate Scholarship, York University, 2017-18.

Agency Citation Award, Canadian Association of Music Therapists, 2016.

International Geriatric Clinician Travel Award, Cole Family, 2016.

Scholarship, Merril Gage, 2002.