Julius Kyakuwa

Assistant Professor, Music Education and Music Therapy, Emphasis: General Music Education
Primary office:
Murphy Hall
Room 448C
University of Kansas


Julius Kyakuwa is an Assistant Professor of General Music Education at the University of Kansas, Division of Music Education and Music Therapy. Dr. Kyakuwa received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, and both his Bachelor of Music Honors and Master of Music, cum laude, in Music Education from The University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa. Prior to joining UP, he pursued undergraduate studies at Makerere University in Uganda, his native country. Dr. Kyakuwa is a seasoned music educator having taught general music for several years in Uganda and in South Africa. As a world music performer and educator, he has conducted workshops and master classes to music educators around the globe on integrating the arts in music classrooms and teaching music from a multicultural perspective. Dr. Kyakuwa also taught African music theory and practice, ethnomusicology, and world music to undergraduate and postgraduate students of music education and music therapy at UP.

Dr. Kyakuwa’s research interests include community partnerships with schools, arts integration and creative teaching of music, multicultural and culturally responsive pedagogy, and music teacher education and professional development. He has presented his work at state, national, and international conferences, including the Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium, National Association for Music Education’s Research Conference, the American Education Research Association Annual Meeting, International Society of Music Education Conference, the Pan African Society of Musical Arts Education conventions, and at music education conferences in Louisiana. Dr. Kyakuwa’s publication activity includes a single-authored book chapter, a multi-authored article in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education, a second-authored article in the Arts Education Policy Review, and short essays in The Qualitative Report.

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