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J. Christopher Roberts (he/him/his)

Chair, Music Education; Lecturer; Director, Music Teacher Preparation
J. Christopher Roberts, Music Education

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Ph.D., Music Education, University of Washington, 2012
M.A., Music Education, University of Washington, 2007
B.A., B.M. Music Education, University of Washington, 1995
B.A., History, Swarthmore College, 1991

J. Christopher Roberts is Lecturer and Director of Music Teacher Education at the University of Washington.  He holds degrees from Swarthmore College (B.A., History) and the University of Washington (M.A., Ph.D., Music Education), with research and clinical interests in children’s musical cultures, world music pedagogy, and the nature of children’s interest in music.  Recent articles have appeared in publications including Update (2018), Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education (2017), British Journal of Music Education (2016), Journal of Research in Music Education (2013; 2015), and Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education (2015).  In 2018, His co-authored book, World Music Pedagogy II: Elementary Music Education, was published by Routledge. 

An elementary music teacher for 20 years, Roberts regularly provides professional development throughout the United States.  Topics include global music cultures, culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogies, global music cultures, developing empathy in the elementary music classroom, and  in-tune singing.  He directs the Kodály Levels Program of Seattle and teaches Kodály Levels at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey.  Additionally, he was a founding instructor of the Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy.




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