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    • B.M. Music Therapy, Temple University (Euphonium Concentration)

      M.M.T. Music Therapy, Temple University

      Ph.D. Music Therapy, Temple University


      Michael Zanders is a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and proficient in trauma based psychotherapy.  Dr. Zanders has over 15 years of clinical experience in music therapy.  Areas of clinical specialty include music therapy with children and adolescents, psychiatry, developmental disabilities, music therapy in medical settings, and foster care youth.


      During his music therapy training, he played low brass instruments in various brass bands, touring throughout the world.  He has played on several recordings, including one with the guest conductor Karel Husa and the Temple University Wind Symphony.  Currently, Zanders is on the board of the Norristown Educational Theater.


      Zanders has presented both nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops, and has several publications, including chapters in two books.  He has served on the Editorial Board for Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy. Zanders has published in the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy. His current research interest includes: Qualitative methods with foster care youth. 



    • Zanders, M. (In press, 2013).  Music therapy with foster care youth.  In L. Eyre (Ed.) Guidelines for music therapy practice: Mental health of adolescents and adults, Volume One. Gilsum, NH: Barelona Publishers.


      Zanders, M. (In press, 2012). The musical and personal biographies of adolescents with foster care exprience. In L. Young (Ed.), Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy: A Monograph Series, Volume 7.  Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.

      Zanders, M. (2008). Metaphors clients use to describe their experiences in GIM.  In S.Hadley (Ed.), Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy: A Monograph Series, Volume 4 (pp. 45-68).  Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.


      Dileo, C. & Zanders, M.(2005). In-Between: Music therapy with inpatients awaiting a heart transplant.  In Dileo, C. & Loewy, J. (Eds.), Music Therapy at the End of Life (pp. 65-76).  Cherry Hill, NJ: Jeffrey Books.


      Zanders, M.  (2004).  Book Review [Multiple perspectives: A guide to qualitativeresearch in music therapy].  Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, released April 5 on line at


      Zanders, M.  (2004).  Book Review [Qualitative Music Therapy Research: Beginning Dialogues].  Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, released April 5 on line at


      Zanders, M. (2000 – 2001). Monthly Column, Newsletter of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.


      Zanders, M. (1998).   Boat of Life.  Song and workbook for children dealing with divorce.  United States Copyright Number: PAu002206119


      Unpublished works:

      Zanders, M. (2004). The effect of music on bio-psychosocial variables of health with heart transplant patients. Master’s Project, Temple University.


      Zanders, M. (2002). Ethical dilemmas that music therapists encounter in practice. Master’s Project, Temple University.