Jody Stark

B. Éd., M. Ed. (Alberta), Dip. F. A. (Hungary/Calgary), Ph. D. (Alberta)

Assistant Professor: Music Education

Jody Stark is an award-winning music educator who is passionate about making quality music education available to every child. Jody has studied music and music education in Hungary, at the University of Calgary, and at the University of Alberta, receiving her Bachelière en Éducation from the U of A’s Faculté St-Jean, a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Calgary, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Alberta.

An experienced university instructor, Ms. Stark has taught Music Education, Rudiments, and academic writing at Concordia University of Edmonton, as well as the pedagogy and materials component of a graduate-level Kodály music education program which she helped to start at the University of Alberta. She is also the former Executive Director of Concordia’s award-winning Singspiration choral music program and summer choral music teacher education program, and is a well-known clinician. Prior to becoming a university instructor, Jody taught music and choirs in both English and French for many years in elementary schools and in early childhood settings.

Dr. Stark’s research examines the nature of professional learning of elementary music teachers and how they understand their role as music educators. Her other research interests include childhood and traditional musical practices, and music education philosophy. Jody is thrilled to be at the Desautels Faculty of Music and is excited to work with the vibrant music education community in Manitoba.