My research expertise comprises two areas: academic research in community music education and professional research and evaluation services. My academic work has largely focused on singing and community music, whereas my professional services have supported community-based organizations and governments in a wide array of topics, such as: financial literacy, trades, arts, and literacy.

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PhD, Music Education (2015)
University of Toronto
Thesis title: Discursive Formations of Community Music and the Production of Canadian Citizens in Toronto’s Settlement Movement, 1910s-1930s (Yerichuk_Deanna_L_201511_PhD_thesis)

Master of Education, Adult Education (2008)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto

Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, English major (1998)
specializing in literary theory and postcolonial studies
University of Alberta

Diploma, Theatre Arts (1995)
Grant MacEwan University (Alberta)

Academic Research Interests

  • History of Music and Social Reform
  • Community Music
  • Sociological and Philosophical Foundations in Music Education
  • Music and Social Justice
  • Vocal and Choral Pedagogy and Performance
  • Postmodern theory, specializing in Foucault

Sample Academic Presentations and Papers

Yerichuk, D. (2013, June). The social rationale of community music (education). Paper presented at the 8th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education, Norway.

Yerichuk, D. (2013, June). Music education, war, and community: Examining discursive shifts through musical practices in Toronto`s Community Music Schools, 1943 – 1947. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Victoria.

Yerichuk, D. (2013, June). Difference Marked by Difference: An Aesthetic of Participatory Discrepancies in Non-Auditioned Choirs in Toronto. Paper presented at the annual conference for the Canadian University Music Society, Victoria.

Yerichuk, D. (2012, March). “Bringing Good Music Closer to the People: Settlement Houses, Community Music Education, and Citizen Formation in Historical Perspective. Paper presented at the MENC Biennial National Music Educators National Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

Yerichuk, D.(2011, February). Grappling with Inclusion: Investigating Ethnocultural Diversity in Common Thread Community Chorus of Toronto. Paper presented at the Conference on Music Teaching and Learning (Centre for Applied Research in Musical Understanding), Michigan.

Yerichuk, D. (2007). Community Strategies for Putting Women in the Policy Picture. Presentation for the Jobs and Justice Conference, Vancouver.

Yerichuk, D.(2006). Putting Women in the Picture: Building Equitable Access to Ontario’s Labour Market. Presentation for the Precarious Work in the New Economy Conference (Work and Learning Network, Edmonton.


Research and Evaluation Services


When I’m not singing, my strong background in policy analysis and evaluation work combined with a demonstrated track-record in project management has provided me with robust tools to support the work of national, provincial, and municipal organizations. For information about consulting services and fees, please contact me at deanna[AT]yerichuk[DOT]com or 587-340-6673.


Selected Research and Evaluation Projects

Scoping Review of Policy Recommendations on Housing and Homelessness for Indigenous Women who have Experienced Domestic Violence (2016): A postdoctoral fellowship project for the Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research  to support the provincial government’s plan to end homelessness.

Evaluation of Financial Literacy for Ontarians Project (2012/13): A multi-method evaluation for a project delivered by the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy and funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Family Music Classes in Social Housing Pilot Project (2010): Joint project between Rainbow Songs Foundation and Social Housing Services Corporation.  Overseeing project design, partnership development, and evaluation.

Formative Evaluation, Financial Literacy Train-the-Trainers Project (2010): sole evaluator hired by the Canadian Centre for Financial Literacy to conduct a formative evaluation of the first phase of their train-the-trainer project testing curriculum developed by the federal Financial Consumers’ Agency of Canada.

Financial Capability Programs – National Environmental Scan (with Resources for Results, 2010): conducted scan of programs offering financial capability programs and projects across Canada as part of a larger evaluation project for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

“Planning to Succeed: Examples of Workforce Development Strategies in the US and Europe” (2009): Contracted by the Toronto Workforce Investment Group to research innovative workforce development models in US and Europe. Worked closely with Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, as well as City of Toronto.  The report can be downloaded from:

“Ready or Not…Perspectives of Literacy and Essential Skills in this Economic Downturn” (with Resources for Results, 2009): conducted interviews and literature scan to contribute to baseline report to Canadian Literacy Movement.

Attracting and Retaining Women in Non-Traditional Occupations (with Eko Nomos, 2008): Conducted environmental scans on programs and research in Canada related to women in non-traditional occupations for a larger project initiated by the Canadian Labour Congress and Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.