It may seem a small number—just 21—but this year’s crop of music therapy students at Wilfrid Laurier University is the largest since the program was established at the Waterloo, Ont., institution in 1985.
According to Colin Lee, a music therapy professor and coordinator of undergraduate studies, the program has tripled in size in the past five years because the profession no longer exists on the fringes of medicine. Clinical studies have proven music is powerful medicine, and the program has reaped the benefits. “If you look at health care across the board, there are roles for music therapists everywhere,” says Lee. “Wherever there is health care, music therapy can add to the treatment.”