Kathy Robinson

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
(780) 492-0924
534 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



Kathy M. Robinson is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Alberta.  She holds degrees from Lebanon Valley College, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan and has years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school general music and chorus in Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York and South Africa.
Dr. Robinson has studied Ghanaian drumming and dance in Legon, Ghana, children’s songs and choral music in South Africa, Balkan choral music in New York, Chinese traditional music at Liaocheng University in Shandong province, China and, holds Orff Schulwerk certification from the University of St. Thomas, MN. She has presented and published research focusing on world music pedagogy, Ghanaian and South African musics, culturally responsive pedagogy and urban music education.  Dr. Robinson has also given more than 100 workshops and clinics on 5 continents focusing on teaching world musics for elementary classroom and general music teachers, and choral directors and on culturally-responsive pedagogy.


2019:    Faculty of Education Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Alberta
1998:    Dr. Rocco Carzo Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching, Temple University's Golden Key National Honor Society


Research Interests:
World music pedagogy; culturally-responsive pedagogy; social justice in elementary music, transformational learning; South African choral music

Work in Progress:
The development of global-mindedness among youth choir alumni, teaching diverse musics in Alberta’s elementary schools


Courses Taught:

EDEL 325     Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Music
EDEL 427     Music Creativity: Teaching and Learning
EDEL 425     The Child Voice
EDES 501    World Musics in Music Education
EDEL 597    Teaching Music Globally: China and South Africa
EDEL 597     Singing in Elementary Music


EDEL 325 - Curriculum and Pedagogy in Elementary School Music

An introduction to the theory and practice of teaching music in the elementary classroom. Special emphasis on hands-on experience with techniques, strategies, and materials appropriate for K-6. No previous experience with music notation necessary. Prerequisite or corequisite: EDEL 305 or 316. Students cannot receive credit for both EDEL 325 and EDEL 328.

Winter Term 2021 Spring Term 2021

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