Kay Edwards, Music Education

Music Education Program Chair

215 Center for the Performing Arts
(513) 529-2726

Kay Edwards coordinates the Music Education program, teaches courses in K-12 classroom general music and sophomore practicum, coordinates and supervises student teachers, and teaches graduate music education courses. She has Orff Level III certification as well as special training in Kodály and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Ohio University, and both a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Arizona State University.

Dr. Edwards is a frequent conference presenter on multicultural music education, guided listening experiences, and early childhood/elementary general music. Recent presentations at international and national venues include the Arts in Society international conference in Vancouver, BC (2018), the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Conference (2015), the National Symposium on Multicultural Music (2012), Music Education New Zealand/Orff New Zealand Aotearoa (2013), The Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities (2017, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2005), the Organization of American Kodály Educators (2012), and the National Association for Music Education/MENC (2012, 2010, 2004). State conference presentations include the Ohio Music Education Association (2020, 2013, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2004), in addition to those for conferences in other states such as Arizona, California, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.

Dr. Edwards creates pedagogical materials for the popular website Classics for Kids since 2005. In addition to being co-author of a textbook entitled Prelude to Music Education (Prentice-Hall, 2003), Dr. Edwards was a contributing author to Silver Burdett Ginn/Scott Foresman's basal series textbooks Making Music (2008, 2005, 2002) and The Music Connection (2000, 1995), used nationwide. She has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, General Music Today, The Orff Echo, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, TRIAD, Tempo, and The North Carolina Music Educator. Dr. Edwards is also a contributing author to several prominent NAfME/MENC publications such as the second edition of Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (1996), the World’s Largest Concert (1997), and the Strategies for Teaching series.

A specialist in Native American music for the classroom, Dr. Edwards wrote biographical entries for The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013), co-authored a chapter in the third edition of Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (2011), and is completing a textbook, Native American Music in Grades K-6. She has been an invited presenter at national, regional, and state conferences of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Kay has served on the editorial/advisory boards for General Music Today, Contributions to Music Education, and Music Educators Journal and as Multicultural Chair of the Ohio and North Carolina Music Education Associations. Dr. Edwards has taught at Oberlin Conservatory, UNC-Greensboro, and in public schools for over 30 years and has received grants for her work in multicultural music education. She serves on the Educational Advisory Board for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Executive Board for the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Orff-Schülwerk Association.

For Dr. Edwards full c.v. please contact her through email at edwardk1@MiamiOH.edu.

Kay Edwards