Concordia University




Nicola Oddy, MA RP MTA CCC

Professor, Part-time Faculty, Creative Arts Therapies

Teaching Advanced Practicum, fall 2018

Office: S-VA 272-2 
Visual Arts Building,
1395 René Lévesque W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4254
Website(s): Nicola Oddy

Nicola is currently a PhD student at Carleton University in Cultural Mediations where she is studying performance theory and critical improvisation to learn about the cultural implications of engaging in non-performative free vocal improvisation in public spaces. She has has been a music therapy clinician since 1985 and is certified by the Canadian Association for Music Therapy. She is also is a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.  She has been a part-time professor at Concordia University since 2010 in the Creative Arts Therapies, music therapy program. In addition she teaches in the music department at Carleton University and provides music centred supervision to interns and professionals.  


Member of Editorial Review Board, Canadian Journal of Music Therapy (2013-)

Editor, Conference Proceedings. Canadian Association for Music Therapy (02-08)

Conference Co-ordinator, Canadian Association for Music Therapy, “A Song for Everyone:  The voice of music therapy”   Ottawa  (2009)  

Co-founder, Ottawa Area Music Therapists  (2009)

Member of founding committee,  Creative Arts Therapies Program, Algonquin College  (2006)                                                                                      

President Canadian Association for Music Therapy (2004-7)

Conference Co-ordinatorCanadian Association for Music Therapy  “Music therapy in the spirit of Community”  Perth ON     (2004)       

Symposium Co-ordinator,  Independent project, “Embracing the Voice: A Symposium for the Empowerment of the use of the voice in Therapy” Perth ON   (2002)    

Grant Reviewer,  Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund (2002)

Co-founderLanark Area Music Therapists (2004)                                          

President, British Columbia Music Therapy Association                   (1986-88)

Board Member, Canadian Mental Health Association                       (1986-88)




     Oddy, N. (2014-15). Unpublished document. The Goals and Objectives of a Music Therapist:  Diversity of approaches under the mentorship of Dr. Carolyn Kenny

     Oddy, N. (2011) A Field of Vocal Discovery: The Workshop.  In Baker, F and Uhlig, S (ed.) Voicework in Music Therapy: Research and Practice (pp 83-99)  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

     Oddy, N. (2006).‘Using Music Therapeutically:  A Booklet designed to encourage deeper thought about volunteering with music’ Kingston: The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston (for Fairmount Home)

     Oddy,N. (2005). Online version of ‘Convergences: Possibilities for therapeutic intervention in a large scale community performance - a systems perspective’ on international forum for music therapy publications

     Oddy, N. (2002). ‘Vocal Improvisation – A pathway to deeper understanding of the self’.  Conference proceedings.  Waterloo: Canadian association for music therapy.

     Oddy, N. (2001).  ‘A Field of Vocal Discovery: a descriptive study of vocal perception’.  Unpublished master thesis.  Yellow Springs, Ohio: Antioch University.

     Oddy, N. (2001).  ‘Convergences:Possibilities for therapeutic intervention in a large scale community performance - a systems perspective’ Canadian Journal of Music Therapy.Vol.8, No. 1 Fall, 2001

     Oddy, N. (1999).  ‘Tuning into the music spirit: An investigation into the role of the spirit in music therapy relationships’.  Conference proceedings.  Waterloo: Canadian association for music therapy.

     Oddy, N. (1988). ‘Exploring music therapy as a primary non-verbal intervention for persons with Huntington’s disease’. Conference proceedings. Toronto: Canadian association for music therapy

     Oddy, N. (1998). ‘Thom’. Kaleidoscope, 53.  Toronto: Canadian music therapy trust fund 


Workshop offerings.

Nicola offers voice centred music therapy sessions and workshops out of her home studio and as an invited guest. She also provides supervision for music therapy interns and professionals. Her preferred approach is music centred. 

For more information see her website or email her.

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