February 26, 2013


How might musical engagement, learning, and inquiry impact communities and society?

This question animates my teaching, creative work, and research.

As Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education at Arizona State University, I support people interested in music teaching and learning in varied contexts.

I enjoy collaborating with people and organizations interested in the role that musical engagement and learning can play in forwarding goals that improve people’s lives and impact communities and society, positively. I am particularly interested in projects or partnerships that leverage the power of music and musical engagement in new or emerging ways that blur boundaries, advance knowledge and fields, or open imaginative possibilities


Evan Tobias is Associate Professor of Music Education at Arizona State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and heads the Consortium for Innovation and Transformation in Music Education (CITME). He is Director of ArtsWork, a program of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts that advances transformative, transdisciplinary, collaborative, and socially engaged arts and design programming, education, and research in relation to young people and is also a member of the ASU Music, Learning, and Society Research Group. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Dr. Tobias taught a technology in music education course at DePaul University and middle school instrumental and general music in New York.

Evan focuses on innovation and transformation in music education and how music teaching and learning might make a positive impact on persons’ lives and society. His recent research focuses on creative uses of digital media and technology, issues of social justice, expanding beyond traditional music curricula, and approaches to integrating popular culture and music in music classrooms. His publications range from addressing issues around digitally mediated musical engagement and learning to pedagogical approaches such as inquiry and project-based learning and facilitating hybrid music learning contexts. He is on the editorial boards of College Music Symposium: Instructional Technologies and Methodologies Component; Journal of Music, Technology, and Education; Journal of Popular Music Education; and Music Educators Journal. He is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences. Evan holds a Ph.D. and master of music in music education from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Music in music education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam.

Learn More About My:



Teaching and Mentorship

Consulting & Professional Development

Projects and Initiatives

Additional Interests and Pursuits

In relation to music teaching and learning, pedagogy, and curriculum, some topics of interest include:

Connected learning, contemporary musical practices, convergence culture, creative thinking and musicianship, creative youth development, curriculum design and development, digital culture, digital humanities, equity and social justice, hybridity and hybrid approaches, hyphenated musicianship, inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary and transdiciplinary collaboration, intermedia, maker culture, makerspaces, media arts, participatory culture(s), popular music and popular culture, project-based learning, STEM, STEAM, sustainability, technology, transmedia, video games and interactive media.

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Starting in 2015 I began experimenting with including some links to references and resources with Amazon Affiliate links, which could be considered an act of “advertising.” This means I will receive a small percentage of compensation if you make a purchase using the affiliate link at no additional cost to you. This will help support this site.

My editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. I will not promote products unless I genuinely feel they could be helpful or valuable to others. 

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  1. I thought of your program in my effort to promote Universal Music Classic’s artist, Time For Three, and their newly released video for the track, “Stronger,” featured below. The video highly emphasizes the power of music education and the strong sentiment of anti bullying.


    If you could help by sharing the link, we could offer a promotional cd giveaway of the trio’s new self-titled album for your students. Please let me know if this is something you might be interested in, or if you have any other ideas on a potential collaboration.

    Here is a link to the group’s site.


    Samuel Lockhart
    Universal Music Classics
    1755 Broadway, 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10019

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