Dr. Carolyn Arnason
Associate Professor, Music Therapy, Graduate Coordinator, Master of Music Therapy program
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.2154
Office Location: A208
Associate in Music (Piano Performer), University of Manitoba, 1972
Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance), University of Manitoba, 1975
Bachelor of Music Therapy (With Distinction), Wilfrid Laurier University, 1988
Master of Social Work (With Distinction), Wilfrid Laurier University, 1992
Doctor of Arts in Music Therapy, New York University, 1998
Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, 2013
Dr. Arnason specializes in teaching clinical improvisation and supervising graduate students in arts-based music therapy research. In addition to collaborative improvisation concerts, she performs duet repertoire on modern piano and fortepiano with her husband Professor Boyd McDonald, Professor Emeritus Laurier. She conducts psychotherapy sessions with adults using the music-centred methods of improvisational music therapy and the Helen Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM).
She has conducted research with international music therapists on their listening perspectives in improvisational music therapy sessions. Her current research areas include arts-based performative inquiry, the interconnections between musicianship and improvisation, and levels of consciousness in imaginal psychotherapy. She is developing a theory of improvisation called musical transparency that encompasses music therapy practice and improvisation performance.
Dr. Arnason was a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Board for six years, serving as Chair of the Education and Community Programs Committee. She has given papers and workshops at conferences in Canada, England, Finland, Hawaii, Italy, Norway, Spain and the USA. Dr. Arnason has published in international journals such as the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and the International Journal of Community Music.
Recent Scholarly Activity
2010 Reflections on change in arts-based research: The experiences of two music therapists, co-authored with Deborah Seabrook. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy. Available: http://www.voices.no/mainissues/mi4001099143.php
2006 Woman to woman: A music therapistís experience of working with a physically challenged and non-verbal woman. British Journal of Music Therapy, 20(1), 13-21.
2005 Reflections on spiritual dimensions in improvisational music therapy. International Journal of Community Music, Volume B. Available: www.intljcm.com/archive
2003 Music therapistsí listening perspectives in improvisational music therapy: A qualitative interview study. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 12(2), 124-138.
Naturalistic Inquiry (in press). In Barbara Wheeler (Editor), Music Therapy Research (3rd Edition)
Piano 4-hands with Boyd McDonald, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, October 2012
Piano duet partner with Boyd McDonald (on Streicher and McCobb fortepianos owned by Laurier), Laurier Association for Life Long Learning (LALL), Wilfrid Laurier University, October-November 2012
Sound Envelop(e)s, two-piano improvisation concert with Nancy Tam, Thursday Noon Hour Series, Wilfrid Laurier University, January 20 2011
Sound Ideas, two-piano improvisation concert with Nancy Tam, Thursday Noon Hour Series, Wilfrid Laurier University, March 16, 2010
Exploring Feminine Consciousness in the Helen Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, Canadian Association for Music Therapy, Saskatoon, May 2013
Arts-based Research and the Arts Therapies (panel), Expressive Arts Summit, New York, November 2012
Arts-based research practice: Experimentation or artistic realization? (co-presenter, Amanda Schenstead, MMT), Research Symposium, Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference, Montreal, May 2012
Music therapy and performance: Clearing the way for musical transparency in improvisation, 3rd International Music Therapy Research Conference, Conrad Institute for Music Therapy Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, May 2011