About the Teacher



Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Rob Lyda

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL. He has taught a variety of instrumental, vocal, and general music courses for students in grades K-undergraduate. Dr. Lyda received the B.M.E. from Troy University and the M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University.  In addition to his academic degrees Dr. Lyda has completed certification studies in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, and is an Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III) certified teacher at the Master level.

Dr. Lyda regularly presents research on technology integration, creativity, and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences. He is a sought-after clinician for professional development workshops, particularly for topics related to elementary music education. Ensembles under his direction have performed at Walt Disney World, The Alabama Association of School Boards conference, and throughout the local community. His efforts have been recognized through awards that include Teacher of the Year at the school and district level, the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award, and the Alabama Music Educators Association’s 2019 Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator.

His writings can be found in the Ala Breve, General Music Today, and the International Handbook for Middle Level Learners. He has contributed to curricular materials for the National Assocaition for Music Education, the Alabama Learning Exchange, and the Alabama Course of Studies for Fine Arts (music). For several orchestral seasons he has created the Teacher’s Guide for the Alabama Symphony’s Young Persons Concerts.

Dr. Lyda holds memberships in the Alabama Music Educators Association. (AMEA),  The National Association for Music Education  (NAfME), American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), College Music Society, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), and the National Band Association. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the National Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, President-Elect and Advocacy Chair of AMEA, and is on the advisory board of Teaching Music Magazine.

Fun fact - His favorite things are his family, Lego, Star Wars, Disney and of course our CWES Explorers! One of Dr. Lyda's favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

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