Office: TC 323
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x82043
Accredited music therapist, registered psychotherapist, music educator, and music therapy educator Elizabeth Mitchell is passionate about the interdisciplinary connections between the fields of music therapy and music education. A PhD Candidate in the department of music education at Western University, Elizabeth is a recipient of the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2012–2016), the SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (2006–2007), as well as Western’s Gold Medal for Music Education (2005). Her current doctoral research examines the relationships between musician identity and personal identity in community music and community music therapy settings.
Elizabeth holds a master’s degree in music therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University and an ARCT in piano performance. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Elizabeth was employed as a music therapist at Lutherwood, a social service agency in Waterloo, where she worked with adolescents with mental health issues and older adults with dementia and a variety of physical and mental health concerns. Since 2007, she has also worked as a part-time instructor and clinical supervisor within the department of music therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Through the support of a 2016 Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund Grant, Elizabeth is currently working as the music therapist at Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre in London. From 2012–2015 she was the choral conductor for “El Sistema Aeolian” in London, and she is a soprano in the Canadian Chamber Choir.