Dr. Lee Bartel

Brief Biography

Lee Bartel is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Associate Dean-Research at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Founding Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory. He has taught at the graduate level in Research Methods, Music and the Brain, Evaluation, and Social Psychology of Music. He has extensive early experience as a music teacher at the elementary and high school levels and as a performing choral conductor, singer, violinist, and guitarist. He began teaching at college and university levels in 1975. As a researcher he has pursued multiple interests including music topics in psychology, social psychology, health, curriculum, and music therapy, and general educational topics ranging from international educational reform to issues of schools, parents, and homework. He led a project with the Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER) in 3 school districts developing 42 teachers' work with music composition and improvisation. He is well known for his research and design of music for health (25 albums with Somerset Entertainment) and music for children (70 albums with Fisher Price). In the past 10 years he has been pursuing a research agenda of sound and brain stimulation at Mount Sinai Hospital, Wasser Pain Management Centre and Women's College Hospital with pain conditions, at Toronto Rehab on music and cardiac rehab, at Baycrest with Alzheimer's, and at University Health Network with major depression.