Susan C. Gardstrom is a board certified music therapist, having earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy from Michigan State University. She received a Master of Arts degree in Community Agency Counseling from Western Michigan University, where she also completed their graduate Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Currently she is a music education doctoral candidate at Michigan State University.
Gardstrom has worked as a music therapist in diverse clinical settings, including public and private residential treatment, skilled nursing care facilities, community centers, public schools, and intermediate school district programs. She has extensive clinical experience with male and female juvenile offenders and has pioneered intergenerational programs with this population and the elderly. She has also served clients with severe physical and mental impairments and autism.
Gardstrom has taught at Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. She has supervised music therapy practica and served as Clinic Coordinator at both WMU and MSU. She has held numerous elected and appointed positions at the state, regional, and national levels and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences. Her publications include journal articles in Music Therapy Perspectives and Journal of Music Therapy, as well as a chapter in Models of Music Therapy Interventions in School Settings: From Institution to Inclusion, entitled "Music Therapy for Juvenile Offenders in a Residential Treatment Setting."