Cathy Benedict

Associate Professor
Office: TC 437
Phone: (519) 661-2111 x82043

Cathy Benedict joined the music education faculty at Western University, starting July 2015 as faculty and Director of Research. She has taught undergraduate and graduate classes such as Elementary Pedagogy, Curriculum Design, Community Engaged Partnerships, Music in Inclusive Context, Critical Readings in Music Education and has taught week-long courses with teachers in Beijing, Guatemala and Ecuador. As co-director of Western's Kodály Certification program she has also taught both musicianship and Kodály pedagogy at the university level. She has presented multiple workshops to both national and international audiences on topics such as elementary pedagogy, critical discourse analysis, philosophical interrogations of pedagogy and curriculum, ethics of functional literacy, socially just engagements and the representation of reality. Her scholarly interests lay in facilitating music education environments in which students take on the perspective of a justice-oriented citizen, to this end her research agenda focuses on the processes of education and the ways in which teachers and students interrogate taken-for-granted, normative practices. Her most recent publications can be found in the Canadian Music Educator, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Music Education Research, Research Studies in Music Education, Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education, British Journal of Music Education, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, the Brazilian journal ABEM, co-edited the journal Theory Into Practice and the 2012 National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook (Teachers College Press), and The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice and Music Education (Oxford University Press). Her recent book, Music and Social Justice: A Guide for Elementary Educators is available from Oxford University Press.

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