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. She is Wilfrid Laurier University’s first “Music Therapist-in-Residence”, a position that encompasses teaching and supervising music therapy students at Laurier, conducting practice-based research, and practicing music therapy at Homewood Health Centre, a mental health and addictions facility in Guelph, ON.
A PhD Candidate in the department of music education at Western University, Liz 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 doctoral research examines the relationships between musician identity and personal identity in community music and community music therapy settings. Liz has extensive experience working in mental health settings with individuals of all ages, and from 2012 to 2015, was the choral conductor for the “El Sistema Aeolian” program in London, ON. Liz holds an ARCT in piano performance, and to fill up her musical soul, loves playing and singing pop tunes at open mics and singing in the Canadian Chamber Choir.