Music Education at Western

Music Education Impact

The Music Education department at Western is dedicated to world-leading research and teaching in music education. Our graduates are well educated musicians and scholars with a passion for and commitment to music education. As visionary musicians and educators they possess the musical, pedagogical and technological skills, knowledge and understandings necessary to advance music education around the world.

Our Music Education community is committed to scholarly work of various forms, from research to practice, to pedagogical work, to artistic production, to creative endeavours. In all, both faculty and students strive for work that is meaningful and has an impact both on the educational and musical community as well as in academic circles. Our diverse faculty and students are presenting and workshopping across Canada and all over the world. Our faculty is widely published and constantly leading the way in music education thought and practice.

Music Education Impact

August 2023

PhD student Joel Martinez-Lorenzana leads Music Making Creative Lab in El Salvador

October 2022

Recent PhD graduate Kelly Bylica earns Outstanding Dissertation Award from Council for Research in Music Education

May 2022

Darren Hamilton, MMus’16, named 2022 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year

May 2022

Mark Ramsay, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Choral Activities at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, was Co-chair for the Choral Canada/Choirs Ontario Podium 2022 conference, held May 19-23, 2022, in Toronto. In addition to his teaching duties at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, he is the conductor of Western University Singers. He is also the artistic director of Toronto’s Exultate Chamber Singers and the editor of Choirs Ontario’s publication, Dynamic.

August 2021

Undergraduate Music Education students Sara Shifaw and Cynthia Lê published their research findings on how Four Universities in Canada are addressing issues of equity and inclusion, funded through a 2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Internship with a generous grant from Western University.

Student Experience

Student Leadership Opportunities

Current student leaders at the Don Wright Faculty of Music talk about some of the leadership opportunities for students, including participation in the Music Education Student Association (MESA), and the Student National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS).

Concurrent Degrees

Meet Morgan, a Music Education student who chose to add to her Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree by also completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Studies, so she could pursue both her passions.

Alumni of Note

Darren Hamilton, MMus’16
2022 MusicCounts Teacher of the Year Award winner

Laura Lee Matthie, BMus’94, BEd'95
2018 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award winner