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Dr. Rob Lyda

Dr. Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL. Throughout his 23 year career he has taught a variety of music courses for students in grades preK-graduate study. 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 studies in World Music Drumming, TI:ME, Global Music Pedagogy, Modern Band 101, and is certified in both the Kodály concept (Levels I-III) and the Orff-Schulwerk approach (Levels I-III and Master Class). 

Dr. Lyda is the recipient of several awards including school and district Teacher of the Year, the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award, and he was named the 2019 Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator by the Alabama Music Educators Association. Dr. Lyda is sought-after for his expertise in general music education as a clinician for professional development workshops, curriculum writer, educational consultant, and presenter at state, regional, and national conferences. He holds memberships in the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Orff-Schulwerk Association, American Organization of Kodály Educators, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME’s Council for General Music Education, Advocacy Chair of AMEA, President of AMEA, and as a member of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In his spare time, Dr. Lyda enjoys facilitating lifelong music making as the director of the Auburn Ukulele Band.

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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