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Robert Wood has served Western’s Faculty of Music in administrative roles for 25 years, first as Chair of Music Education and subsequently as Dean of the Faculty. He holds degrees in Music, Music Education, and Education from the University of Toronto and Michigan State University. He has taught a broad range of courses in Music Education and Music Theory, as well as music electives and additional qualifications courses for the Faculty of Education, and electives in digital music for the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. He has directed several of the Faculty of Music’s instrumental and choral ensembles. During Dr. Wood’s time as Dean, the Music graduate student population tripled in size, and the Doctor of Musical Arts was added to the degrees offered by the Faculty. He has served as external appraiser of graduate and undergraduate music programs at other Canadian universities and has acted as a curriculum consultant for Ontario’s Ministry of Education.
Dr. Wood’s research interests include music technology, learning theory, and foundations of creative activity in music. Western was the first university Music program to offer courses in music technology designed specifically for students in Music Education. Through several substantial grants, Dr. Wood was able to install a digital music and a digital percussion lab which supported these courses.