Len McCarthy's philosophy is client-centered and strengths-based, and he applies Orff Music Therapy techniques and strategies with his clients. Len is an accredited music therapist with a Master of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, a PhD in Ethnomusicology from York University, and a Master of Music Education from University of Toronto.
Len runs music therapy sessions with groups and individuals groups and individuals in the Kitchener-Waterloo region working with Expressions Music Therapy Services and Add Music Wellness. He services adult clients at Kitchener-Waterloo Habilitation, Deaf-Blind Ontario, Highview Residences, and works with individuals in the Music @ Green Gables studio.
During the Covid restrictions, most sessions are being held on Zoom or on the phone, with some in-person sessions.
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Len also writes music to use with his clients. "When I Listen To The Music" expresses the power of music to reach people, especially those who are experiencing inner turmoil or have limited capacity to express their feelings verbally to others. In 2015, it was chosen by the World Federation of Music Therapy in a competition to come up with an appropriate theme song to celebrate WFMT's 30th anniversary. This 2015 performance is with 3rd year Wilfred Laurier University music therapy students and their instructor Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes, in Waterloo, Ontario. The sheet music is available here.