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Department of Music - Robyn Swanson

Robyn Swanson

Robyn Swanson

Office:  FAC 364
Phone:  (270) 745-5925


Dr. Robyn Swanson is a Professor of Music Education at Western Kentucky University. She serves as Coordinator of Music Education and Advisor to the Graduate Studies in Music Program. Prior to her tenure at Western Kentucky University, she taught music education at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, Cherokee Public Schools, Cherokee, Iowa and Sterling Unit District #5, Sterling, Illinois.

Dr. Swanson is an active researcher with numerous publications and presentations at the International, National, State, Regional and Local Levels. She is known for her expertise with Music Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment for ALL Learners and Teaching with the Multiple Intelligences. She authored the Kentucky Department of Education's (KDE) Arts and Humanities Kentucky Elementary Learning Profile (KELP) assessment guide. Her contributions to KDE Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment committees have been and continue to be extensive. Currently, she is director of the KMEA/KDE Collaborative Music Listening Assessment Project.

She has served as President of the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA), Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education (KAAE) and VSA Kentucky. These state level leadership positions have resulted in service to the music education profession at the national and international levels. She is a member of numerous WKU university, college and department committees. In 2001, Potter College of Arts and Humanities, Western Kentucky University, awarded her the Distinguished Public Service Award in Education. In January, 2005 the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) awarded her the Distinguished Leadership Service Award. Dr. Swanson received the 2006 Western Kentucky University Potter College Award for Teaching.

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