Stephen is a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano and Voice Performance from West Virginia University, a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano from Bowling Green State University, and a Master of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Though Stephen’s professional experience in music has been diverse, his underlying motivations have remained constant – to nurture development and growth, to inspire creativity and expression, and to promote holistic wellbeing. Over the past 15 years, he has worked in the United States, in Malaysia, and now provides both therapy and lessons in the Waterloo Region.
His experience includes teaching piano and voice in school, university, and community settings; coaching and performing with community theatres; and working with non-profit organizations that use creative arts to support marginalized and refugee youth. Since completing his postgraduate training and accreditation, Stephen has practiced as a music therapist in both healthcare institutions and in community settings, using music as a therapeutic tool for developmental needs, mental health, and cancer and palliative care.
Stephen’s approach to teaching and therapy is similar: to support individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels reach their full potential. He looks forward to helping individuals nurture their love for music, grow as a musician, discover themselves in a new and positive way, and develop skills and strengths to overcome life’s challenges.