Max Duplisea

Max Duplisea


  • In the graduation process for a Bachelor of Music Therapy degree (Capilano University)

Specialized Populations: Geriatrics & complex care, Mental health.

Special Skills/Related Training:

  • Trumpet
  • Voice
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Ukelele
  • Visual arts

Personal History: I grew up in Canada, Hungary, and the USA. Music and art have been my constant companions in life. I sang in school and church choirs; I played trumpet in marching band, concert band, jazz band, musical theatre, chamber ensembles, and orchestras; I went to jazz, folk, experimental, rock, classical, and electronic music shows. Music helped me find my self-confidence and it provided a healthy outlet for self-expression. My mother trained docents at the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, and I spent many hours appreciating paintings and sculptures as she explained the stories behind each piece of artwork. I still love going to art galleries and creating expressive art of my own!

I studied classical trumpet performance at McGill University. When I discovered music therapy, I knew it was the perfect career move for me. I moved from Quebec to B.C. to study at Capilano University and began a whole new path. I have already seen the powerful impact of music therapy through my clinical practicum experiences and I am eager to see where it takes me next!

In my spare time, I like to make improvisational music, read and watch science fiction, take long walks to smell pretty flowers, and play video games.

Professional History: Through my clinical practicum placements, I have worked with women and non-binary people with mental illness and addictions, children with learning disabilities and other challenges, and seniors with dementia and comorbid mental illness. My 1,000 hour internship was completed in the summer of 2021 at the German-Canadian Care Home, under the supervision of Dr. Sue Baines. The second half of my internship involved working exclusively in the complex care units. I have also done temporary work assignments at various long-term care facilities across the greater Vancouver area (in person and online).

Before studying music therapy, I played freelance classical trumpet and taught private music lessons. I have also been a barista and a server.

Work Philosophy: In my work, I use a client-centered, resource-oriented, and community-focused music therapy model. I am committed to practicing music therapy with an anti-oppressive approach and continuously learning new ways to increase inclusivity and decrease barriers for participation. What matters the very most to me is creating a safe, positive connection through music with my clients. 

Personal Life Philosophy: Everything in this world is interconnected; no one is an island. By taking care of others, taking care of our environment, or even taking care of ourselves, we are helping the greater whole. 

Favourite Quotes:

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” - Angela Davis

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” - Ursula K. Le Guin