Professor Profiles


Kathy Robinson

Associate Professor


Elementary Education

About Me

Kathy M. Robinson is Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Alberta and the director of Umculo! Kimberley, a professional development program for inservice general and choral teachers featuring immersion in Kimberley and Galeshewe, South Africa, developed while teaching at Temple University and the Eastman School of Music.  She holds degrees from Lebanon Valley College, Northwestern University, and the University of Michigan and has years of teaching experience in elementary and middle school general music and chorus in Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York and South Africa.
Dr. Robinson has studied Ghanaian drumming and dance in Legon, Ghana, children’s songs and choral music in South Africa, Balkan choral music in New York, Chinese traditional music at Liaocheng University in Shandong province, China and, holds Orff Schulwerk certification from the University of St. Thomas, MN. She has presented and published research focusing on world musics in education, Ghanaian and South African musics, culturally responsive pedagogy and urban music education. Dr. Robinson has also given more than 95 workshops and clinics on 5 continents focusing on world musics pedagogy for elementary classroom and general music teachers, and choral directors.


Research Interests:
Multicultural music and education; ethnomusicology; elementary and secondary general music; voice and opera.

Work in Progress:
Cultural immersion in music education - pedagogical transformations, Great City Colleges of music and music education - support for urban music education.