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Kris Shaffer, Ph.D. (Yale University, 2011), is Instructor of Music Theory at the University of Colorado–Boulder and Editor for Hybrid Pedagogy Publishing. He is also the lead author of Open Music Theory.

Recent articles

Charles Dickens, critical pedagogue

I thought it much to be regretted that Richard’s education had not counteracted those [negative] influences or directed his ... –

Why education?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the purpose(s) of formal education, especially public education. It’s not that I haven’t ... –

Standardized tests: a red herring

State standardized tests are certainly worthy of the attack that is being launched against them in American educational politic... –

Tragedy and generosity

In my experience, students aren’t more likely to have a personal/family tragedy right before an exam. They’re more likely to te... –

Sustainable pedagogy

What if we focused less on scalable pedagogy and more on sustainable pedagogy? –

Educating Modern Learners

I’ve written three pieces recently for the journal Educating Modern Learners. The first two are behind a paywall, but the third... –