Dr. Michael Zanders’ research foci includes a variety of topics related to advanced clinical theory, practice, and reflexive research in music therapy. His recent research has focused on music therapy treatment practices in working with youth in the child welfare system. Particularly, foster care youth. He has over 20 years of clinical experience including intellectual and developmental disabilities, heart transplant patients, and severely traumatized and abused youth.
Zanders has presented extensively regionally, nationally and internationally at conferences and workshops, and has published both within the music therapy and counseling/psychotherapy fields. Prior to coming to Temple University, he served as the program coordinator at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). In this role, was he awarded the Innovation in Academia Award for distinguished and innovative leadership. He has developed comprehensive education and clinical training programs that emphasize foundational understanding of competencies and dispositions for music therapy students.
Zanders is dedicated and committed to the field and practice of music therapy. He currently serves as a co-chair for AMTA’s Academic Program Approval Committee (APAC) and has served on various other committees for AMTA and CBMT.
April 13th, 2021 | Season 6 | 1 hr 4 mins
creativity, music, music therapy, songwriting
On this episode, we interview singer/songwriter, composer, producer, New York Times Best-Selling author, podcast host, and photographer, Ben Folds. Join us as we discuss songwriting, music therapy, advocacy, creativity, and his new podcast Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds!
June 2nd, 2020 | Season 4 | 16 mins 27 secs
bloopers, music, music therapy, outtakes, songwriting
Listen to a few bloopers and outtakes with the Bop Squad and guests from previous episodes. Hope these bring you some laughs! Thank you so much for hanging around during Season 4...we'll be back in the fall with Season 5!
November 29th, 2019 | Season 3 | 35 mins
acoustic, adulthood, childhood, music, music therapy, songwriting
Listen to "Twenty Two and Some Change” by Stephen Day, a singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, TN and join us as we explore its possible uses in the field of music therapy LIVE from AMTA National Conference!
April 2nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 32 mins 41 secs
love, music, music therapy, psychology, singer, song, songwriter, therapy
Listen to "Love Don’t Make Moves" by Alanna Boudreau, a singer-songwriter and join us as we explore its possible uses in the field of music therapy.
March 19th, 2019 | Season 2 | 26 mins 14 secs
funk, hip hop, music, music therapy, psychology, r&b, rap, singer, song, songwriter, therapy
Listen to "Justice, Pt. 2” by Misnomer ft. Linqua Franqa, a Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B/Soul band based out of Athens, GA and join us as we explore its possible uses in the field of music therapy.