Peter Gouzouasis

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Music media and related technologies from an Aristotelan perspective
the design and function of arts-based educational research (especially in artography)


Peter Gouzouasis is an Associate Professor of Music Education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at The University of British Columbia. Dr. Gouzouasis is a lifelong learner of music and media, and considers himself a serious student of guitar and other fretted instruments and performance in jazz, North American folk, Celtic, and Greek music contexts.

Over his 22 years at UBC, Dr. Gouzouasis’s work has evolved through three related strands. A lifelong commitment to music and an amodernist philosophical orientation are the foundations of his research program and provide strong conceptual links. Gouzouasis considers pedagogy as the art of both teaching and learning, informed by theory, praxis, poesis, phonesis and sofia.

Dr. Gouzouasis’ FAME (Fine Arts and new Media in Education) cohort ran from 2000-2010 in the Faculty of Education. FAME was the first group of students to go 24/7 with laptop wireless technologies at UBC and in NVSD4 schools, and in North America (see publications below). In 2003, Dr. Gouzouasis received the the Sam Black Award for Excellence in Education and Development in the Visual and Performing Arts.

Most recently, Dr. Gouzouasis has been working on a series of studies that examine factors in arts participation and academic achievement of students in British Columbia. The overall objective of this research is to learn about various factors, relationships, and differences in academic, social and arts (music, visual art, drama & dance) achievement of all students across BC (see publications below). This research uses quantitative methods to analyze a large data set to predict the differences between academic achievement in language, mathematics, and science of students who participate in arts programs and those who have no involvement with the arts in secondary school.

In November 2011, Peter’s first edited book, Pedogogy in a New Tonality, was released by Sense Publishers. Any teacher interested in teacher inquiry, arts-based educational research action research, and creative applications of tactics, strategies, graphics organizers, and visual journals across the K–12 curriculum should read this exciting text.

Invited Presentations

This past July 2011 Dr. Gouzouasis was a Distinguished Lecturer at Beijing Normal University in The PRC, where he performed lectures and demonstrations with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as preschool children, in early childhood music education.

Selected Publications

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Gouzouasis, P. & Bakan, D. (2011). The future of music education and music making in a transformative digital world. The UNESCO Observatory E-Journal. Available at

Leggo, C., Sinner, A. E., Irwin, R. L., Pantaleo, K., Gouzouasis, P. & Grauer, K. (2010). Lingering in liminal spaces: a/r/tography as living inquiry in a language arts class. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 23 (1), 1–18.

Predergast, M., Gouzouasis, P., Leggo, C. & Irwin, R. (2009). A Haiku suite: The importance of music making in the lives of secondary students. Music Education Research, 11 (3), 303-317.

Gouzouasis, P. & Lee, K. V. (2009). The cage: stuff, tunes, and tales. Reflective Practice, 10 (2), 173-178.

Ricketts, K., Gouzouasis, P., Irwin, R., Grauer, K. & Leggo, C. (2008). Muffled and silenced. Exploring issues in cultural diversity through dance. NJ: The Journal of Drama Australia, 31 (2), 21-34.

Weibe, S., Irwin, R., Leggo, C., Gouzouasis, P., Grauer, K., & Sameshima, P. (2008). Re-imagining arts integration: Rhizomatic relations of the everyday. Journal of Educational Thought, 41 (3), 263-280.

Gouzouasis, P. (2008). Music research in an a/r/tographic tonality. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 5 (2), 33-58.

Gouzouasis, P., Henrey, J., & Belliveau, G. (2008). Turning points: A transitional story of grade seven students’ participation in high school band programs. Music Education Research, 10 (1), 75-90.

Gouzouasis, P., Guhn, M., & Kishor, N. (2007). The predictive relationship between achievement in music and achievement in core grade twelve academic subjects. Music Education Research, 9 (1), 81-92.

Sinner, A., Leggo, C., Irwin, R., Gouzouasis, P. & Grauer, K. (2007). Arts-based educational research dissertations: Reviewing the practices of new scholars. The Canadian Journal of Education, 29 (4), 123-127.

Gouzouasis, P. (2006). Arts-based technology in education: Is there room for the arts at the desktop? Arts Education Policy Review, 107 (5), 3-9.

Gouzouasis, P. (2006). A/r/t/ography in music research: A reunification of musician, researcher, and teacher. Arts and Learning Journal, 22 (1), 23-42.

Gouzouasis, P. & LaMonde, A. M. (2005, July 3). The use of tetrads in the analysis of arts-based media. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 6 (4). Retrieved July 4, 2005 from

Gouzouasis, P. (2005, July 27). Fluency in general music and arts technologies: Is the future of music a garage band mentality? Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education, 4 (2). Retrieved July 30, 2005 from

Gouzouasis, P. & LaMonde, A. (2004). The classroom use of portable and wireless technologies. International Journal of Learning, 11, 186-194.

Gouzouasis, P. & Goble, J. S. (2003). Contemporary perspectives on music, mass media, and culture. Canadian Music Educator, 45 (2), 39-40.

Gouzouasis, P. & Lee, K. V. (2002). Do you hear what I hear? Musicians composing the truth. Teacher Education Quarterly, 29 (4), 125-141.

Gouzouasis, P. (2001). The role of the fine arts in new media and Canadian education for the 21st century. Education Canada, 41 (2), 20-23.

Gouzouasis, P. (2001). The effects of mass media on music and the music industry in the 20th century. Music and Society, 1 (1)

Gouzouasis, P. (1996). Organicism and music media. Canadian Music Educator, 37 (3), 17-22.

Gouzouasis, P. (1995). Music as a medium: What’s the message? Canadian Music Educator, 36 (3), 45-53.

Gouzouasis, P. (1995). Multimedia constructions of children: An exploratory study. Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 6 (2), 33-38.

Taggart, C. & Gouzouasis, P. (1995). The music learning and language learning metaphor: An organismic perspective. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 13 (2), 9-13.

Gouzouasis, P. (1994). A developmental model of music literacy. Research Forum, 12 (Spring), 21-24.

Gouzouasis, P. (1993). Music aptitude: A comparison of the music abilities of kindergarten children of various ethnic backgrounds. The Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, 4 (2), 70-76.

Gouzouasis, P. (1993). The validity of the use of Primary Measures of Music Audiation for Canadian kindergarten children of different cultural backgrounds. Canadian Music Educator Journal of Research, 34 (5), 31-34.

Gouzouasis, P. (1992). An organismic model of music learning for young children. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 11 (1), 13-18.

Gouzouasis, P. (1992). The comparative effects of two tonal pattern systems and two rhythm pattern systems for learning to play the guitar. The Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning, 3 (4), 10-18.

Gouzouasis, P. (1991). A progressive developmental approach to the music education of preschool children. Canadian Music Educator, 32 (3), 45-53.

Conference proceedings

Gouzouasis, P., Grauer, K., Leggo, C. & Springgay, S. (2006). Investigating Curriculum Integration, the Arts and Diverse Learning Environments. United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Congress on Arts Education, Lisbon, Portugal. Retrieved February 7, 2007 from

Gouzouasis, P. (2003). The FAME Project: New pedagogies and praxis for teachers and students in the 21st century. From proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Technology in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. (C. Spirou, ed.), 83-88.

Gouzouasis, P. (2002). The FAME Project: New media fluency through arts integration. From proceedings of the International Society for Music Education, Research Commission on Mass Media, Music and Culture, Helsinki, Finland (S. Helms, ed.). 66-86.

Gouzouasis, P. (2001). The internet music instruction project: Music achievement, technology, and motivation issues in distributive computer-mediated interactive instruction environments. From proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Technology in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. (C. Spirou, ed.), 125-133.

Gouzouasis, P. & Green, B. (1997). The internet guitar project: Gender, music ability, and music achievement issues in distributive computer-mediated interactive instruction. From proceedings of ED-MEDIA 97–World conference on educational multimedia and hypermedia. Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education. CD-Rom, 180-196.

Gouzouasis, P. (1994). Video conferencing with preschool children: The efficacy of mass communications media in music instruction. From proceedings of ED-MEDIA 94—World conference on educational multimedia and hypermedia. Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education, 229-234.

Gouzouasis, P., Walker, D., & Burtenshaw, L. (1994). Distance education: Interactive video conferencing in music instruction. From proceedings of ED-MEDIA 94—World conference on educational multimedia and hypermedia. Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education, 730.




Gouzouasis, P. (1998). Understanding acoustic media: The extensions of music. The BC Music Educator, 41 (1), 15-20.

Gouzouasis, P. (1998). Thoughts on thoughts: Are you thinking musically or just thinking about it? The BC Music Educator, 41 (2), 7-13.

Gouzouasis, P. (1997). The arts and new media: New frontiers in integration. British Columbia Music Educator, 40 (2), 34-36.

Gouzouasis, P. (1994). Music assessment practices in British Columbia. British Columbia Music Educator, 37 (1), 50-53.

Gouzouasis, P. (1994). To audiate or not to audiate: Is there a question? British Columbia Music Educator, 37 (1), 64-69.

Gouzouasis, P. (1993). There’s a guitar in my instrumentarium. British Columbia Music Educator. 35 (2), 16-19.

Conference proceedings

A Baroque concerto: An a/r/tographical interplay of voices researching education and the arts. This presentation and paper explores the significance of a/r/tography in educational inquiry and practice. With Rita Irwin, Kit Grauer, Sylvia Kind, and Carl Leggo (Presented at the American Education Research Association Conference, 2005). The performance may be found at




Gouzouasis, P. (2011). Pedagogy in a new tonality: Teacher inquiries on creative tactics, strategies, graphics organizers and visual journals in the K-12 classroom. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers BV.

Springgay, S., Irwin, R. L., Gouzouasis, P. & Leggo, C. (2007). Being with a/r/t/ography. Rotterdam: SensePublishers BV.


Gouzouasis, P. (2011). Toccata on becoming arts based teacher researchers. In Gouzouasis, P. (Ed.), Pedagogy in a new tonality: Teacher inquiries on creative tactics, strategies, graphics organizers and visual journals in the K-12 classroom. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers BV.

Gouzouasis, P. (2009). Developmental recapitulations in a/r/tography. Artografia: Pedagogia e metodologia em artes. Eds. B. Dias & R. Irwin. Brasilia: Universidad de Brasilia Press.

Gouzouasis, P. (2008). Toccata on assessment, validity, and interpretation. Being with a/r/t/ography. Eds. Springgay, S., Irwin, R. L., Gouzouasis, P. & Leggo, C., 219-230. Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

Lee, K. V. & Gouzouasis, P. (2008). Out of the cage. The authentic dissertation: Alternative ways of knowing research and representation. Don Four Arrows Jacobs (Ed.), 149-155. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Gouzouasis, P., LaMonde, A. M. & Guhn, M. (2007). The Fine Arts and Media in Education Project: The integration of creative arts-based activities, wireless technologies, and constructivist teaching practices in practicum classrooms. Music education in Canada: What is the state of the art? Eds. Beynon, C.A. & Veblen, K. K. with de Alwis, U., Horsley, S. and Heywood, A. London, ON: Althouse Press of University of Western Ontario. Also available online (retrieved November 20, 2007) at

Gouzouasis, P. & Lee, K. V. (2007). Sticky Knot Danish. Arts-informed Inquiry Series: Creating

Scholartistry: Imagining the Arts-informed Thesis or Dissertation. Eds. J. G. Knowles, A. L. Cole, L. Neilsen & S. Promislow. Halifax, NS: Backalong Books.

Gouzouasis, P. & B. Leigh. (2003). Shall we dance? Researching the way we match student teachers with school advisors. Teacher Inquiry: Living the research in everyday practice. Eds. T. Clarke & G. Erickson, 38-47. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Goelman, H., Andersen, C. J., Anderson, J., Gouzouasis, P., Kendrick, M., Kindler, A., Porath, M., & J. Koh. (2003). Early childhood education. The Comprehensive Handbook of Psychology, Volume VII: Educational Psychology. Eds. W. Reynolds & G. Miller, 285-331. New York: Wiley & Sons.

Gouzouasis, P. (2000). Understanding Music Media: Digital (re)genesis or meltdown in the 21st century. Looking Forward: Challenges to Canadian Music Education. Eds. B. Hanley and B. A. Roberts, 225-250. Victoria, BC: CMEA Publications.