Music Education, Division Head
Dr. Robert A. Amchin is professor of music education and head of the division of music education and music therapy at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. After teaching elementary music in Spring Texas for seven years, Dr. Amchin began his collegiate teaching career. His current duties include administration of the U of L Music Education/therapy program, advising students, teaching undergraduate and graduate music education classes for music majors and preparing classroom teachers to include music the curriculum. He holds a BA and MM in music education from the New England Conservatory of Music, with an Orff concentration. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in “Creative musical response” using Orff materials. He earned his Orff certification from the New England Conservatory of Music, was a member of the 1981 “Special Course” at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Amchin also studied Schulwerk in Memphis State, Hamline College, and Hofstra University. Dr. Amchin has been the Orff pedagogy teacher for certification courses at Mansfield University of PA, the University of Houston, The University of Cincinnati, and James Madison University (VA) Webster University, and The University of British Columbia.
Dr. Amchin is a sought-after music education clinician presenting numerous sessions at the local, state, and national levels. His publications include music for recorder and articles related to world musics and teacher training. He is active in many professional organizations. Of note is his work as a contributing editor of the AOSA Reverberations, contributor to MENC’s National Music Standards Benchmarks Task Force, and being the College Music Society representative at the University of Louisville. He was the 2003 AOSA national conference co-chair. Dr. Amchin is also a professional percussionist and performs in the Louisville area. He also teaches children in the greater Louisville, KY area.
The University of Louisville awarded Rob the Excellence in Teaching Award on March 20, 2007 at its annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence. Read the full story at UofL Today.
writes for, is a co-editor for and co-founder of “Beatin Path
Publications” a publishing company that serves general music teachers
with quality instrumental and vocal music compositions and
He is a contributor of several recorder books for Sweet Pipes Incorporated: http://www.sweetpipes.com/
He also contributes to the AOSA journal Reverberations (the link is tor the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.): http://www.aosa2.org/
The Kentucky Orff Association: http://www.kyorff.org/
Dr. Amchin's Website: http://www.zoominfo.com/PeopleSearch/PersonDetail.asp?PersonID=22989868