Laura Lynn, Ph.D. is a 2008 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dissertation Committee

  • Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Dara Culhane, Ph.D., External Reader


music composition, music therapy, music education, Native Americans, disadvantaged, performance ethnography, autoethnography, hermeneutic inquiry, arts based, dialogue, performance studies, qualitative

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This dissertation is an arts-based qualitative study in Leadership and Change that describes the qualities of dialogue revealed through the felt experience of Native and non-Native American music composers engaged in a dialogue through music composition. The fifteen co-collaborators who participated in the study range in age from three-years-old to elders. The study is theoretically embedded within Performance Studies, Dr. Carolyn Kenny’s music therapy model Field of Play, and aesthetic philosophy. Methodologically, this work is expressed through performance ethnography and autoethnography and privileges textual and non-textual modes of account including photographs, video excerpts, poetry, and music manuscript. The text is written utilizing two elements of music: melody and harmonic rhythm. The ethical guidelines and protocols developed for this study were derived from consideration of Kenny’s work and the ideas of other hermeneutic scholars. The interpretation of the dialogues describes qualities of the process of dialogue, considers intervening epistemological qualities, and focuses on the qualities of the sacred musical space. This dissertation includes attached video files. The electronic version of this dissertation is accessible at the OhioLINK ETD Center,