Dr. David Erickson

Research Affiliate

Email: daericks@sfu.ca
School: Minnkehada Middle School, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia


David Erickson teaches music at Minnekhada Middle School and was a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University for the course “Designs for Learning: Music”. He obtained his PhD “Curricular and Pedagogical Reform: Transformative Opportunities for Personalized Learning in Middle School Music Environments” at Simon Fraser University in August 2012. His interests include formal and informal learning, child-centred education, and student-as-partner research. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University, while studying music performance and playing percussion in the student symphony and opera orchestras. He composed soundtracks for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and recorded with avant-garde musician Eugene Chadbourne for the C.B.C. and Entropy Stereo Recordings. His bands were featured on C.B.C. radio with Peter Gzowski and on Vancouver’s “99.3 the Fox”. He is currently a Simon Fraser University researcher at RYME.


Date Degree Program University
2012 PhD Arts Education Simon Fraser University
2005 Master of Arts Arts Education Simon Fraser University
1982 Bachelor of Science Psychology Washington State University

Scholarly Contributions

Scholarly Publications:
  • Erickson, D. (2012). Music that matters: Reconceptualizing curriculum for the enhancement of self and others through personalized learning and youth participatory action research. In O’Neill, S. A. (Ed.). Personhood and music learning: Connecting disciplines and narratives. In S. A. O’Neill (Series Ed.), Biennial Book Series Research to Practice: Vol. 5. Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators’ Association. ISBN 978-0-9812038-1-2
  • Erickson, D. (2012). Curricular and Pedagogical Reform: Transformative Opportunities for Personalized Learning in Middle School Music Environments (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://theses.lib.sfu.ca/sites/all/files/public_copies/etd7391–erickson-david-allen-thesis.pdf
  • Erickson, D. (2005). Language, ineffability and paradox in music philosophy (Master’s thesis). Retrieved from http://summit.sfu.ca/system/files/iritems1/9462/etd1783.pdf
Conference Presentations:
  • Erickson, D., O’Neill, S.A., & Senyshyn, Y. (2012). Youth-led participatory action research: Building purpose through personalized music learning. Music Learning: Benefits for the 21st-century Learner – Congrès 2012 (Conference 2012): Fédération des associations des musiciens éducateurs du Québec (FAMEQ) (Federation of Music Educators of Quebec) Centre des Congrès de Québec, Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, November 22 – 24, 2012
  • Erickson, D., & O’Neill, S. A. (2011) Engaging youth in artistically crafted participatory action research. Symposium on youth artistic participatory culture and music engagement: Implications for curricula and expansive learning (Symposium Convener: S. A. O’Neill). Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), University of Fredericton & St. Thomas University, New Brunswick, Canada, May 2011.