Dr. Jody Stark is an award-winning music educator who is passionate about making quality music education available to every child. In addition to teaching courses in music education, Dr. Stark coordinates the U of M music education program, and the summer Orff-Schulwerk and Kodály (pron. Koh-die) programs at the Desautels Faculty of Music. She is certified in Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy and incorporates both approaches in her work as a teacher educator and clinician. Prior to becoming a teacher educator, Jody began her career as an elementary and early childhood music educator and choral conductor. She taught in both English, and french immersion for many years. Dr. Stark is thrilled to be at the Desautels Faculty of Music and is excited to work with the vibrant music education community in Manitoba.
Dip. F.A. (Hungary/Calgary)
• 2018 Canadian Association for Teacher Education dissertation award
• 2014 AKA Teacher Recognition Award
ONGOING RESEARCH / CREATIVE WORKS
Dr. Stark’s current research examines music teachers’ ongoing professional learning, how children learn music, and the relationship between music and an imagined Canadian identity. Some of her recent publications include:
• Bradley, D., Yerichuk, D., Dolloff, L., Galway, K., Robinson, K., Stark, J. & Gould, E. (2017). Examining equity in tenure processes at higher education music programs: An institutional ethnography. College Music Symposium, 57. doi.org/10.18177/sym.2017.57.sr.11336
• Stark, J. (2016). Teaching ‘praxially’: A few digital resources for Canadian music teachers. Alla Breve, 40, 9-11.
• Stark, J. (2015). Wrestling with Post-modernism: Challenges to Kodály practice in the contemporary moment. Bulletin of the International Kodály Society, 40(1), 9-22.
• Stark, J. (2014). The potential of Deweyan-inspired action research. Education and Culture, 30(2), 87-101.
• Stark, J. (2014). Looking in from the edges: A journal analysis of Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education. Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education, 13(2), 84-111.
• Stark, J. (2018, June). The Other Dewey: (Re)Framing Music Teacher Practice and Learning Through the Lens of Dewey’s Theory of Experience. MayDay Group Colloguium 30. Western University, London, ON.
• Stark, J. (2018, June). Portrait of an Expert Learner: The Professional Learning of a Late-Career Elementary Music Teacher. The Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference. University of Regina. Regina, SK.
• Stark, J. (2017, August). Kodály was a praxialist: Kodály music education as praxis for the 21st century. International Kodály Symposium. University of Alberta Augustana Campus, Camrose, AB.
• Stark, J. (2017, August). A Case Study of the Professional Learning of Three Elementary Music Teachers: Implications for Kodaly Music Teacher Educators and Clinicians. International Kodály Symposium. University of Alberta Augustana Campus, Camrose, AB.
• Stark, J. (2017, April). How do elementary/primary music educators learn? A case study of professional learning. The 10th International Research in Music Education Conference. Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.
• Eyre, K., Ries, A., Stark, J., Autio, J, & Dammann, J. (2017, March). North of the 49th parallel: Canadian materials for musical independence. Organization of American Kodály Educators National Conference, Philidelphia, PA, USA.
• Stark, J. (2016, May). Beyond the Workshop: A Case Study of the Professional Learning of a Mid-Career Elementary Music Teacher. The Canadian Society for the Study of Education Annual Conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
• Stark, J. (2015, April). Beyond the workshop: A case study of the professional learning of three elementary music teachers. Poster presented at Research in Music Education. Exeter University, Exeter, UK.
• Gould, E., Yerichuk, D., Dolloff, L., Galway, K., Bradley, D., Robinson, K., Stark, J., Stauffer, S., Bigmore, I., & Nichols, J. (2015, April). Living With Tenure: Conversations on Equity and Sustainability in Post-Secondary Faculties of Music. Symposium presented at Research in Music Education. Exeter University, Exeter, UK.