Ruth Wright

Associate Professor
Office: TC 122
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x88713

Ruth Wright is an associate professor in the Department of Music Education. She served as Chair of the Department of Music Education from 2009-2013 and Assistant Dean Research from 2013-2015.  Before joining the Don Wright Faculty of Music in 2009, she lectured in music education at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and was Director of the Graduate Continuing Professional Development Framework in education.

Wright’s earlier career involved teaching high school music and maintaining a large private piano studio. She studied music at the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK and music education at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

She received her PhD in Education in 2006. Her main research focus is on the sociology of music education. She is passionate about the rights of all young people to a rewarding and personally and culturally relevant experience of music in education. In 2012, in collaboration with colleagues Betty Anne Younker, Carol Beynon, Jennifer Lang and Leslie Linton, she launched Musical Futures Canada, a music program aimed at addressing these issues. Wright publishes regularly in books and refereed journals on the subject of music education and is a speaker at national and international conferences. Her edited book Sociology and Music Education was published by Ashgate Press in September 2010.