Dr Paul Louth

Associate Professor

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Dr. J. Paul Louth is Associate Professor of Music Education in the Dana School of Music, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education foundations, methods, and research, supervises student teachers, and advises music education students. Dr. Louth earned two bachelors degrees, one in music performance and one in education, both from the University of Toronto. After a brief period working as a freelance trombonist and then teaching in high schools for several years, he went on to earn M.Mus. and Ph.D. degrees in music education from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University). Specializing in jazz, brass, and wind band pedagogy Louth has previously worked as an adjudicator for Music USA Festivals and Musicfest Canada. He is also an active composer and arranger, having written commissioned works for various school ensembles, some of which have been performed at the prestigious Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago. Since 2012, he has composed and premiered two major works for YSU jazz and concert bands as well.  

Dr. Louth’s research interests focus on critical music pedagogy, philosophical issues in music education, music education technology, and the intersection of formal and informal music learning. He has presented his research at various national and international conferences, and he has published articles in: Philosophy of Music Education Review; Music Education Research; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; the International Journal of Community Music; and the British Journal of Music Education, as well as having contributed chapters to the Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education; and Personhood and Music Learning, one of a series of books published by the Canadian Music Educators’ Association. He has served on the editorial board of Contributions to Music Education, and has been an invited reviewer for Philosophy of Music Education Review and the Canadian Association of Music Libraries. He currently serves on the Research Committee of the Ohio Music Education Association and organizes the annual graduate research poster session, which takes place during the professional development conference each winter.