Centre for Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teaching and Learning
Centre for Teaching and Learning

Robin Attas, Ph.D.

Educational Developer

Contact Information:

Email: robin.attas@queensu.ca
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 77741


Robin comes to educational development after five years as a full-time faculty member in music theory and general education at Elon University (USA) and Mount Allison University (Canada). Her music and educational research interests often intersect, with projects including revitalizing the undergraduate music theory curriculum for the 21st century, decolonization and settler-colonial theory as applied to teaching and learning in higher education, the use of writing assignments to foster disciplinary thinking and practices, and a three-year course redesign project exploring ways to uncover and teach expert processes of musical analysis.

At the Centre for Teaching and Learning, Robin supports faculty, staff, and students around topics including writing pedagogy, new faculty and graduate student teaching development, and decolonization as a Settler (non-Indigenous) person. Given her disciplinary background, Robin is particularly interested in supporting faculty, staff, and students in the arts and humanities, but also in building bridges across disciplines to foster a campus-wide support network for teaching and learning.

For more information on Robin Attas


Ph.D. in Music Theory University of British Columbia
M.A. Music Theory University of British Columbia
B.Mus. Queen’s University


Attas, R. (2018). “Uncovering and Teaching the Process of Analysis to Undergraduate Music Theory Students.” College Music Symposium 58(2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.18177/sym.2018.58.sr.11393

Attas, R. (2018). “Decolonizing a Popular Music Analysis Course.” Presentation at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education annual meeting. Sherbrooke, QC.

Attas, R. (2017). “Engaging the “Whole Musical Self”: Methods for Teaching Expert Processes in the Music Theory Classroom.” Poster at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning annual meeting. Calgary, AB.

Attas, R. (2017). “How to Teach Your Expert Processes: A Music Theorist’s Perspective.” Presentation at (Re) imagining Humanities Teaching: Innovations in Course Design Conference. Kansas City, MO.

Attas, R. (2017). “Engaging the Whole Musical Self Through Expert Music Analysis Processes.” Portfolio published as part of the Collaborative Humanities Redesign Project (CHRP). Available: https://cte.ku.edu/node/45659#summary

Attas, R. (2016). “Teaching What We Do And How We Do It: Using a Mini-Conference Assignment to Dig Deep into Musical Analysis.” Music Theory Pedagogy 30: 5-22.