Lee Bartel is Professor of Music Education and Music and Health and was the Founding Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory (MaHRC) at the University of Toronto. He is the Chair of the Artists' Health Alliance Research and Education Committee. A Member of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience he has taught a graduate course on Music and Brain. With extensive early experience as a music teacher at all levels and as a performing choral conductor, singer, violinist, and guitarist, he has special interest in conditions of learning, pedagogic culture, social psychology, and music in human development. He has focused strongly on music for children developing 60 albums with Fisher Price. In music education his research has included cognition and perception, social psychology, and curriculum, and in general education ranges from international education to issues of evaluation, professional development, homework, and 21st Century learning.
He was editor of the Canadian Journal of Research in Music Education, editor of the CME Journal, and senior editor of the CMEA Research to Practice book series. In Music and Health Bartel has a broad interest ranging through music therapy, music medicine, music neuroscience, health in culture, musician’s health, music performance science, and music in human development. He is a board member of the Artists’ Health Alliance. He has a special interest in applications of music in health conditions of aging and is well known for his research and design of music for brain effects with 24 albums on Solitudes and SonicAid. He currently has research studies underway in: music enjoyment ability retraining (Music-EAR) approaches for cochlear implant recipients at Sunnybrook Health Sciences; Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation (RSS) for Cardio Rehab at Toronto Rehab; RSS and Fibromyalgia at Mount Sinai Hospital; RSS and major depression at UHN, and RSS and Alzheimers at Baycrest.