Lee Bartel is Professor of Music and Associate Dean - Research at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Acting Director of the Music and Health Research Collaboratory. He teaches at the graduate level in Research Methods, Music and the Brain, Evaluation, and Social Psychology of Music. He has extensive early experience as a music teacher at the elementary and high school levels and as a performing choral conductor, singer, violinist, and guitarist.
He began teaching at college and university levels in 1975. As a researcher he has pursued multiple interests including music topics in psychology, social psychology, health, curriculum, and music therapy, and general educational topics ranging from international educational reform to issues of schools, parents, and homework. He is currently leading a project with the Knowledge Network for Applied Educaitonal Research (KNAER) in 3 school districts developing 42 teachers' work with music composition and improvisation. He is most well known for his research and design of music for health (24 albums with Somerset Entertainment) and music for children (60 albums with Fisher Price). He is currently pursuing a research agenda at Sunnybrook Hospital related to music enjoyment ability in cochlear implant recipients, at Mount Sinai Hospital, Wasser Pain Management Centre on music and pain, and with Dr. David Alter at Toronto Rehab on music and cardiac rehab.