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.

Academic background:

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

  • Critical perspectives on equity and inclusion in community music
  • Music and Social Justice
  • Vocal and Choral Pedagogy and Performance
  • Postmodern theory, specializing in Foucault

Selected Publications



Yerichuk, D. and J. Krar. (forthcoming). The problem of community: What does it really mean to be inclusive? In L. Willingham (Ed.) Walking the Boundaries, Bridging the Gaps: how community music engages those in the margins of society. Waterloo, ON: WLU Press.

Yerichuk, D. (forthcoming). Engaging contemporary ideas of community music through historical sociology. In R. Wright, G. Johannsen, P. Kanellopoulos, and P. Schmidt (Eds.) Routledge handbook of sociology in music education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Yerichuk, D. and J. Krar. (2019). From inclusion to inclusivity: A review of community music scholarship.  International Journal of Community Music 13(2).

Yerichuk, D. (2017, March). A participatory history of ‘Canadianizing’ through social dance (participatory performance). Arts-informed research series, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Canada.

Bradley, D., Yerichuk, D., Dolloff, L., Galway, K., Robinson, K., Stark, J., & Gould, E. (2017). Examining equity in tenure processes at higher education music programs: An institutional ethnography. In College Music Symposium (Vol. 57).

Yerichuk, D. (2016). The construction of citizenship through musical performance in Toronto’s settlement houses, 1930-1939. MusiCultures 43(1), pp. 41-63.

Galway, K. and D. Yerichuk. (2016). Making a mess of everything: Excursions through communities, musics, academics, longing, and belonging. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 12(1).

Yerichuk, D. L. (2015). Discursive formations of community music and the production of Canadian citizens in Toronto’s settlement movement, 1900s-1930s (Order No. 10017837). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1767782365).

Yerichuk, D. (2015). Grappling with inclusion: Ethnocultural diversity and socio-musical experiences in Common Thread Community Chorus of Toronto. International Journal of Community Music, (8)3, 217–231, doi: 10.1386/ijcm.8.3.217_1.

Bergonzi, L., D. Yerichuk, K. Galway, and E. Gould. (2015). Demographics of tenure-stream music faculty in Canadian post-secondary institutions. Intersections35(1), pp.79-104.

Yerichuk, D. (2014). ‘Socialized music’: Historical formations of community music through social rationales. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 13(1), 125–53.

Yerichuk, D. (2014). Community singing as troubled learning: Exploring musical, social, and ethical dimensions of safety and risk among adult singers. The Phenomenon of Singing 8, 74-83.