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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Elizabeth Mitchell

Contract Academic Staff; Music Therapy Supervisor; Special Member of Laurier's Graduate Faculty

Contact Information

Office Location: A207

Academic Background

MMT: Wilfrid Laurier University

BMus, Honours Music Education: University of Western Ontario

Accredited Music Therapist (MTA)


Music therapist, music educator, and music therapy educator Elizabeth Mitchell is passionate about the interconnections between the fields of music therapy and music education. Currently a PhD student at Western University, Liz is a recipient of Western’s Gold Medal for Music Education, as well as the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship. She also holds an ARCT in Piano Performance. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Liz was employed as a music therapist at Lutherwood Mental Health Services in Waterloo, where she worked with adolescents with mental health issues. She also maintains a private voice and piano studio, and is the choral conductor for El Sistema Aeolian, a music education and social program in London, Ontario, for children and adolescents who face various barriers towards participation in music-making.

Academic Interests

Interdisciplinary connections between music education and music therapy; community music therapy; community music; choral and voice pedagogy; therapeutic voicework; music therapy in mental health.

Recent Scholarly Activities

Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference: May 2013, Saskatoon, SK. Presentation: “Arts Express: Subverting the Norm and Creating Community through Therapeutic Arts Practice”

Leading Music Education Conference, Western University: May 2011, London, ON. Presentation: “Therapeutic Music Education: Implications for Educators and Students”

Canadian Association for Music Therapy Conference: May 2009, Ottawa, ON

Presentation: “Realizing Potential: “Finding one’s Voice” through Music Education and Music Therapy”

Nordic Music Therapy Conference: April 2009, Aalborg, DK
Presentation: “Therapeutic Music Education: An Emerging Model