Campus Directory: Edwin Wasiak

University of Lethbridge

Edwin Wasiak
Edu - Full Time Faculty Members
Office: W770 (University Centre for the Arts)
Phone: (403) 329-2341


B.Mus.Ed. (Instrumental Music Education), M.Ed. (Curriculum and Instruction in Music Education), Dip. F.A. (Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble), D.M.A. (Instrumental Music Education)


Historial research, Qualitative research – multiple case study, Instrumental Musical Performance, Cross-Cultural Collaborations through Curriculum, Classroom Management and Leadership, Jazz Education, Curriculum and Instruction in Instrumental Music Education

Previous Research Areas

Instrumental music education, Cross-cultural collaborations, Curriculum and instruction, Jazz performance, Instrumental performance

About Me

As the music education specialist for the Faculty, I oversee all aspects of the music education program and teach music education courses in curriculum and instruction, secondary music methods, and brass methods, and supervise and mentor pre-service teachers. I also teach core courses in Professional Semester I. Currently I am also serving as Assistant Dean, Field Experiences.


Prior to joining the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge in 1999, I taught music as well as a variety of other subjects at the middle school/junior high, senior high, and undergraduate levels. I also worked as a curriculum developer for Saskatchewan Education in the early 1990s.

Along the way, I have earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a specialization in Instrumental Music Education (Arizona State University), a Master of Education degree (University of Victoria), a graduate Diploma of Fine Arts in Music with a specialization in wind conducting (University of Calgary), and Bachelor of Music Education (University of Regina).

Over the years, I've served on the boards of directors for several professional associations. I am a Past President of the Canadian Music Educators' Association, the Saskatchewan Band Association, and the Lethbridge Jazz Society.

Selected Publications

Wasiak, E.B. (2013). Teaching Instrumental Music in Canadian Schools. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Companion website:

Journal Articles
Wasiak, E. (2011). Early wind bands in Saskatchewan (1878-1913). Canadian Winds - Vents canadiens,10(2), 23-28.

Visentin, P., Staples, T., Wasiak, E. & Shan, G. (2010). A pilot study examining the efficacy of line-of sight gestural compensation while conducting music. Perception and Motor Skills, 110(2), 647-653.

Visentin, P., Shan, G. & Wasiak, E. (2008). Informing music teaching and learning using movement analysis technology. International Journal of Music Education: Research, 26(1), 73-87.

Ed Wasiak, E., (2006). Learning on the Road: Canada-Cuba Connections. Canadian Music Educator, 48, 1, 32-38.

Edwin Wasiak, E. (2005). Iitaohkanao'pi: The meeting place project. An innovative approach to young people's concerts. International Journal of Music Education, 23(1), 73-88.

Wasiak, E. B. (2000). School bands in Saskatchewan, Canada: A history. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 2(2), 112-131.

Books Chapters
Wasiak, E.B. (2015). The preparation of music teachers in Canada. In Sergio Figueiredo, Jose Soares, & J. Schambeck (Eds.), The preparation of music teachers: A global perspective. Porto Alegre: ANPPOM - Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Música, 2015. (Série Pesquisa em Música no Brasil; v. 5, pp. 67-98). e-Book available online:

Wasiak, E.B. (2014). Mentoring pre-service music educators using a blended delivery approach. In S. A. O'Neill (Series Ed. & Vol. Ed.), Research to Practice: Vol. 6, Music and media infused lives: Music education in a digital age. (pp. 305-325). Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators' Association.

Wasiak, E. B. (2009). Countering musical tourism and enacting social justice: Repositioning music education as a cross-cultural meeting place. In Gould, E., et al (Eds.). (2009). Exploring social justice: How music education might matter (Vol. 4, pp. 212-224). Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators' Association.

Encyclopedia Articles
Wasiak, E. B. (2005). Bands. In The encyclopedia of Saskatchewan: A living legacy (p. 88). Regina, SK: Canadian Plains Research Center.

Wasiak, E. (December 2011). The efficacy of web-based resources for Canadian instrumental music educators: A pilot study. Reports of Research Funded by the Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies (AACES). (p. 6).

Government Documents
Saskatchewan Education, Training, and Employment. (September 1993). Band 10, 20, 30: Curriculum Requirements. Regina, SK: Saskatchewan Education, Training and Employment. (Initial & principal writer/developer).

Published Resource Materials

Wasiak, E. (2002). Resource materials for Iitaohkanao'pi: The Meeting Place including the Teacher's Guide, Student Study Guide, and Resource CD.

Selected Creative Works

Multidisciplinary Cross-cultural Collaboration
Wasiak, E., L. Dolittle, I. Crutchley, O. Tailfeathers, J., M. Fox, J. Tailfeathers, J. Rahn, & M. Campbell. Iitaohkanao'pi: The Meeting Place Project. Note: Wasiak, E. Artistic and Educational Director, Principal Researcher, and Orchestra Conductor, Fall 2002. To view the production see:

University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble, conductor and musical director, Fall 1999 - 2008.

March 31, 2007. The Music of Jazz Masters: Ellington and Mingus, with special guest Allen Jacobson (Frankfurt, Germany), University Theatre.

November 25, 2006. Cuba-Canada Connections, with special guest, Bobby Carcasses, Afro-Cuban jazz legend (Havana), Travelodge Ballroom. April 2, 2005. Saturday Night Blues, with Special Guests, the U of L Steel Band, University Theatre.

April 2, 2004. The University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble and Friends, with Special Guests tenor saxophonist, Pat Belliveau and the Lethbridge Big Band, University Theatre.

March 31, 2001. Juno Award winning saxophonist PJ Perry with the University of Lethbridge Jazz Ensemble, University Theatre.

Selected trumpet performance:
- Lethbridge Symphony orchestra (1999-present)
- Lethbridge Big Band (2000 - present)
- Contemporary Works Jazz Orchestra (2009-present)
- Guest soloist with the Bobby Carcassés Big Band. "Cu-Can" Concert, February16, 2006. Sala Teatro del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba.

In The Media

Interview. Become a Teacher Associate. A Public Education. 

Interview, feature article. The Practicum Experience: A Cornerstone of Teacher Program Success. Legacy Magazine, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, 2015.

Green Chair Interview with Ed Wasiak (2014). A Teaching Centre Production, University of Lethbridge.

Interview. U of L Faculty of Education BookLaunchX3. (December 13, 2013).

Interview, feature article. McLachlan, E. (2014). Leading students into lifelong music appreciation and learning. Legacy Magazine. Reprinted UNews April 8, 2014

Interview. ShawTV. Music Monday. May 8, 2014.

Interview. Blended learning in seminars. October 2, 2014.

Interview. More People Seeking Self-Enrichment Teachers

Interview, feature article. Helping New Teachers Create Learning Communities. The Legacy, Faculty of Education, University of Lethbridge, 2009.

Interview, feature article. McMullin, S. Music and Education Take Wasiak to Cuba. The University of Lethbridge Legend, May 2006, vol. 5(9).

Interview, article. Amery, R. National President Strikes the Right Chord. Lethbridge Herald, June, 2009.

interview. History of bands in Saskatchewan, on The Afternoon Edition, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Saskatchewan public radio), March 13, 1997.

Research Interests

My research and creative activity focuses on various aspects of Canadian music education, including historical topics, cross-cultural collaboration, curriculum and instruction, and instrumental ensemble performance. From 1999 to 2008 I also worked in the U of L Music Dept. as Director of Jazz Activities. I regularly adjudicate music festivals, give clinics and workshops, and present and publish my research locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. I continue to perform as a musician in the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, the Lethbridge Big Band, and the Contemporary Works Jazz Orchestra.

Some of my research can be read in the following publications:

International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education; The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan; Canadian Winds; Canadian Music Educator; and chapters in the Canadian Music Educators Association "Research to Practice" book series. See CV for details and other publications.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Book chapter: Challenges and considerations in cross-cultural collaborations: Iitaohkanao’pi revisited Southern Alberta Ed Wasiak, University of Lethbridge
Book proposal, working title is Teaching Instrumental Music in Canadian Schools: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century. Canada Ed Wasiak, University of Lethbridge
Classroom Management and leadership: Beliefs and Practices of Preservice teachers. Lethbridge, AB Faculty of Education Research Fund, $1,400.

Ed Wasiak, University of Lethbridge Keith Roscoe, University of Lethbridge
Management and Leadership in the Rehearsal Room: Beliefs and Practices of Six Exemplary Music Educators. Alberta, BC University of Lethbridge Research Fund, $4,000, 2006-07.

Ed Wasiak, University of Lethbridge

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Two weeks in Cuba presenting lectures and workshops related to jazz and brass performance Canada Cuba Sports and Cultural Festivals 2006
Iitaohkanao’pi: The Meeting Place Project Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Lethbridge Community Foundation; University of Lethbridge 2005

Curriculum Vitae


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