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Above: Dr. Vaillancourt's Innovative ETD Award [Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations] acceptance video. The dissertation also was awarded Outstanding ETD Innovation Award from the Ohio Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association

Dr. Vaillancourt is a 2009 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership & Change at Antioch University.

Dr. Vaillancourt is an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, Faculty of the Fine Arts, Condordia University, Montreal. An accredited music therapist, Dr. Vaillancourt has worked internationally as a music therapist with a strong interest in peace and social justice initiatives. She is the North American Co-editor of the open access, peer reviewed international music therapy journal, Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.


community music therapy, peace, social justice, arts-baased research, mentoring, phenomenology, participatory action research, apprenticeship, leadership, healthcare

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Community music therapy (CoMT) is a creative approach that liberates expressions, giving voice to groups of individuals of all age, status, and race who contribute, in their own way, to build a better society. In this dissertation, I intend to reveal some of the critical themes in the experiences and relationships that apprentice music therapists have with community music therapy, peace, social justice, leadership, and mentorship. Individual interviews were conducted with apprentice music therapists who participated in a co-researchers’ group experience using arts-based research (ABR) and participatory action research (PAR). Principles and foundations for a future model of practice in CoMT for peace and social justice emerged through ABR and phenomenology.This document contains embedded graphic files (JPG) and is accompanied by audio files (MP3).


This dissertation is accompanied by 21 Audio files attached below.

This dissertation won two awards:

  • ETD Innovative Award: Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations, 2010
  • Outstanding ETD Innovation Award, Ohio Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association, 2010

This dissertation is also available in the open access archive, Ohiolink ETD CENTER

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Music 1: Entering

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Music 2: Apprenticeship

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Music 3: Literature

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Music 4: Methodology

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Music 5: Narratives

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Music 6: Research Group

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Music 7: Community music therapy

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Music 8: Peace

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Music 9: Social justice

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Music 10: Mentoring

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Music 11: Leadership

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Music 12: Mentoring & leadership

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Music 13: Training & mentoring

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Music 14: Essence

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Music 15: Interpretation

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Music 16: Nesting

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Music 17: Inner peace

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Music 18: Future implications

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Music 19: New vision

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Music 20: Leadership and change

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Music 21: Coda