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Dr. Tiger Robison

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Tiger Robison, Ph.D., is assistant professor of music education at the University of Wyoming where he teaches courses in elementary general music methods, aural theory, world music, and supervises student teachers.  Prior to coming to Wyoming, he was visiting assistant professor of music education at the University of Maryland and an elementary music teacher in the Connecticut public schools for ten years.  Tiger earned a Ph.D. from the University of Hartford's Hartt School where he was grateful for the mentorship of Drs. Joshua Russell, Vanessa Bond, and John Feierabend among others.  
In research, Tiger is comfortable in the quantitative, qualitative, and philosophical realms equally.  He has diverse interests related to gender, music teacher preparation, music in early childhood, and most recently, modern music making with prisoners.  Tiger serves as a national columnist for General Music Today and his research is published or in press at the Journal of Music Teacher Education, General Music Today, Missouri Journal of Research in Music EducationUpdate: Applications of Research in Music Education, and the Journal of Popular Music Education among others as well as several upcoming book chapters.  He has presented his work at most major music education research conferences in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Tiger currently maintains his own teaching abilities by working with preschool children at the Early Care and Education Center (ECEC) at UW twice weekly.  He is a frequent collaborator with community stakeholders to continually expand musical and educational opportunities for children and families in Wyoming.  Informally, Tiger maintains his own musicianship by playing double seconds steel pans and he enjoys playing with the UW Pan Band each semester.

Project Abstract: Building Capacity for Great Early Childhood Outcomes in Wyoming Through Music

Early childhood music education is important for cognitive development during the early stages of a child’s life. Tiger Robison is working to bring music education to families across the state of Wyoming and improve Wyoming’ standings for early childhood outcomes with music education. Robison plans to continue to travel around the state and will complete 26 two-day trips by the summer of next year to give clinics and professional development sessions on bettering childhood outcomes through early childhood music sessions. An important aspect of this project is the training and professional experience for UW students. These students both graduate and undergraduates often in education or music education students, will be involved win these trips around the state. Dr. Robison partners with the Professional Teachers Standards Board and the Statewide Training and Resource System to offer professional development credit for teachers and childcare workers to maintain licensure, while also giving them new tools for childhood music education. This year, Dr. Robison will adapt his in-person session to be online in order to reach more people across the state.

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