Mus.Bac., MCAT, MTA

Coordinator, Music Therapy
School of Allied Health - Music Therapy

604.986.1911 ext. 2307
Fir Building, room FR201b


Music Therapist Accredited (MTA), Canadian Association for Music Therapists, 1991.

MCAT, Creative Arts Therapy, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, 1987.

Mus.Bac., University of Toronto, Ontario, 1985.


Stephen Williams (MCAT, Hahnemann University, 1987) is the program coordinator for music therapy and teaches in the program. He is an Accredited Music Therapist with over 30 years of experience, primarily with children and adults.

Williams 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 over 25 years.

I teach Clinical Skills (MT 330), Introduction to Counselling Skills (MT 380), Health Conditions of Childhood (MT 370), Practicum II (MT 490) and Professional Development (MT 461).

My research interests include counselling skills, music therapy, piano improvisation, ethics and professional development.

Williams, S. Book review: Basic Verbal Skills for Music Therapists (E. Schwartz). Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, 2021.

Williams, S. Book review: Music Therapy Education and Training: From Theory to Practice (K. D. Goodman), Approaches: Music Therapy and Special Music Education, 2014.

Williams, S. Book review: Improvising in Styles: A Workbook for Music Therapists, Educators, and Musicians (C.A. Lee and M. Houde), Australian Music Therapy Journal, 2011.

Editorial Team, Kaleidoscope A Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund publication, 1998.

Editor, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy, Volumes 3 and 4, 1995 and 1996.

Williams, S. Piano Improvisation in Therapy; Piano Improvisation as Therapy, Music as Therapy Journal, 2(1), 1992.

Williams, S. 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, 1988.

Conferences and Workshops

Counselling Skills for Music Therapy: A Pre-Conference Workshop, Canadian Association of Music Therapists Conference, Niagara Falls, 2022.

Befriending your Woundedness: A Personal Mental Health Journey for Music Therapists, Canadian Association of Music Therapists Conference, Virtual, 2020.

Being Right: How a Right-Wrong Mindset Often Gets Us in Trouble, Canadian Association of Music Therapists Conference, Gatineau, Quebec, 2019.

Invited Closing Keynote Presenter, Therapist Values through a Lens of Social Activism, Canadian Association of Music Therapists Conference, Waterloo, 2016.

Life member for outstanding contribution to the profession of music therapy, Music Therapy Association of BC, 2016.

Recognition of time, effort and commitment to music therapy in Canada, Frannie Award, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, 2014.