Michael Zanders at SXSW 2017

Michael Zanders at SXSW 2017

We are proud to announce that Michael Zanders will be on our SXSW panel titled Music As Medicine: Therapeutic Benefits of Music on Monday March 13th at 3:30.



Dr. Michael Zanders is an assistant professor of music therapy at TWU. He has over 16 years of clinical experience. Areas of clinical specialty include music therapy with children and adolescents, psychiatry, developmental disabilities, music therapy in medical settings, and foster care youth. His area of expertise has led to music therapy and child welfare with a focus on trauma. He has also previously I worked with heart transplant patients. Currently, he supervises professionals who wish to become licensed counselors in Pennsylvania. He has taught at Temple University and Immaculata University, both in the Philadelphia area.

Dr. Zanders has presented both nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops, and has several publications, including chapters in music therapy textbooks. His most recent work can be seen in Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy, where he has also served on the editorial board. His current publishing and research interests include: music therapy theory, music psychotherapy, and reflexive qualitative methods.

Dr. Zanders is dedicated and committed to the field and practice of music therapy. He is serving on the national committee for music therapy practice with the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and assists with promoting music therapy where needed.



Zanders, M. L. (2017). Music Therapy Practices and Processes with Foster-Care Youth. In Press, In Nicholas F. Mazza (Ed.), Expressive Therapies.
Zanders, M. L. (2016). Mixing Interpretivist Methods. Music Therapy Research, 3rd Edition (pp. 614-621). Barcelona Publishers.
Zanders, M. L. (2014). Music Therapy. In Edward S. Neukrug (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy and Counseling. Sage Publishing.
Zanders, M. L. (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. L. & Dileo, C. (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, New Jersey:  Jeffrey Books.
Zanders, M. L. (2015).  Music therapy practices and processes with foster care youth: Formulating and approach to clinical work.   Music Therapy Perspectives, 33 (2).
Zanders, M. L. (2015).  Therapeutic use of music and television in neurocritical care.   Journal of Holistic Nursing. Zanders, M. L. (2012).  In Between: Music Therapy with Inpatients Awaiting a Heart Transplant.   Journal of Urban Culture Research.
Zanders, M. L. (2012).  The Musical and Personal Biographies of Adolescents with Foster Care Experience.   Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy: A Monograph Series.
Zanders, M. L. (2008).  Metaphors Clients use to Describe their Experiences in GIM.   Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy: A Monograph Series.
Zanders, M. L. (2004).  Book Review [Multiple perspectives: A guide to qualitative research in music therapy].   Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.
Zanders, M. L. (2004).  Book Review [Qualitative Music Therapy Research: Beginning Dialogues]. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, released April 5 on line at http://www.njmt.no/bookreview_2004037.html.   Nordic Journal of Music Therapy.


Zanders, M. L. (In process).  A Lexicon of Music Therapy: The discourse of practice, research, and theory.  Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers