Elementary Music Education

B.Mus. (1984) University of Saskatchewan, B.Mus. [Mus.Ed.] (1985), University of Saskatchewan, M.Mus. (1991) University of Calgary, Elementary Education, Ph.D. (1997) University of Alberta, Elementary Education


Sheila Scott, professor, is the specialist in elementary music education at Brandon University. Dr. Scott holds a Master of Music (School Music) degree from the University of Calgary where she studied the Kodaly Method for Music Education with Lois Choksy and Jonas Horvath.  She subsequently completed a PhD in Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. As well, she completed three levels of Orff Schulwerk training with Joe Berrarducci. Dr. Scott began her faculty appointment at Brandon University in 2000. She has spent many years advising students in her role as co-chair of the Joint Department of Music Education.  As well, she teaches courses in elementary general music, a course in student assessment for music teachers, and a course on music education for exceptional learners. She also co-teaches the course Professional Teacher.
Dr. Scott’s research interests are varied.  She published the book Music Education for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Resource for Teachers (Oxford University Press, 2017), based on her work with children with exceptional needs that spanned the previous 10 years. Blog posts related to this publication may be found at

Currently, she continues this work by exploring how activities in music education might be used to mitigate manifestations of anxiety in children with ASD, as well as examining how children with ASD may be engaged with others through musical play.