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Dr Cynthia Stephens-Himonides



My background in higher education teaching previous to the KU has been as a teacher educator specializing in instrumental music teaching and learning. I have presented this research and contributed articles to the Music, Education, and Technology, International Journal of Music Education, Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, Update, Journal of Technology in Music Learning, Keyboard Companion, and Piano Pedagogy Forum, as well as chapters in the Routledge Handbook on Music, Technology, and Education and Leadership and Musician Development in Higher Music Education. Other teaching and research experience include serving as a Foreign Expert in China and as research associate at the Institute of Education in London, UK. Currently, I'm serving on the Research Committee of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and involved in a longitudinal study of keyboard skills development (US). Additional research areas include socio-cultural perspectives of teaching and learning and inclusive music teaching.

Areas of specialism

  • Music Education
  • Piano Teaching and Learning
  • Use of technology in music teaching and learning
  • Inclusive teaching and learning

Courses taught



  • Doctorate of Music Education with specialization in Piano Pedagogy
  • Master's of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor's pf Music Education


Recent publications include:

Young, M., Stephens-Himonides, C., Hilley, M. (2019). Leading Curricular Changes in Keyboard Skills Musicianship Classes.  Routledge.

Stephens-Himonides, C. & Hilley, M. (2017). Technology and Group Teaching. In A. King, E. Himonides, & S. A. Ruthmann (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education. New York: Routledge.

Stephens-Himonides, C. & Hilley, M. (2017). Beyond the Classroom. In A. King, E. Himonides, & S. A. Ruthmann (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education. New York: Routledge.

Hagen, S., Boot, W. R., McArthur, V., Stephens-Himonides, C., & Cremaschi, A. (2014). An Exploratory Study of the Effect of an Eye Guide While Sight Playing at the Piano. Proceedings of the Sempre MET2014: Researching Music, Education, Technology: Critical Insights.

Hagen, S., Cremaschi, A., & Stephens-Himonides, C. (2013). Effects of extended practice with computerized eye guides for sight-reading in collegiate-level class piano.  Journal of Music, Technology and Education, 5(3), 229-239.

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