Nicola Oddy, MA RP MTA CCC

Professor, Part-time Faculty, Creative Arts Therapies

Teaching Music Therapy Practicum, Summer 2020

Nicola Oddy, MA RP MTA CCC
Office: S-ER 106 
ER Building,
2155 Guy St.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4254
Website(s): Nicola Oddy

Nicola is currently a PhD candidate at Carleton University in Cultural Mediations where she is studying performance theory, vocality and acoustemology 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 Therapists. She is also is a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.  She has been on the roster as a part-time professor at Concordia University since 2010 in the Creative Arts Therapies, music therapy program. In addition she teaches in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University and provides music centred supervision to interns and professionals.  


Project Manager, Adaptive Use Musical Instrument Research Consortium (2019- present)

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

Editor, Conference Proceedings. Canadian Association for Music Therapy (2002-2008)

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 (2004-2007)

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                   (1986-1988)

Board Member, Canadian Mental Health Association                       (1986-1988)




Hoskins, E., Oddy, N., Schneider, A., Singh, A. (2020, April 25 30) Improving accessibility for people with autism at the Canada Science and Technology Museum. Poster session to be presented at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Honolulu HI.


Oddy, N. & Vaugeois, L. “Exploring the potential of Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI)  in the Thunder Bay Community. An interview between Nicola Oddy and Lise Vaugeois.” Accepted for Improvising across Abilities: Pauline Oliveros and the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument. Ed. AUMI Editorial Collective. (Under review. Music and Social Justice Series, University of Michigan Press).

Oddy, N. & Brault, A. (in press). How Do You Write Your Music Therapy Goals and Objectives?: Seeking Canadian Perspectives. Canadian Journal of Music Therapy.

Hoskins, E., Oddy, N., Schneider, A., Singh, A. (2019). “Improving Accessibility for People with Autism at the Canada Science and Technology Museum”. Report prepared for Research, Education, Accessibility, Design Innovation (READi). Unpublished document. Ottawa ON: Carleton University, School of Industrial Design.


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. (2005). ‘Convergences: Possibilities for therapeutic intervention in a large scale community performance - a systems perspective’ Voices: A world forum for music therapy, 5(2).


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.




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 at

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