Nicola F. Mason, Ph.D.

Nicola F. Mason, Ph.D.

Professor, Chair of TLEL, and Online Coordinator


  • BMus. Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • MMus. Morehead State University
  • Ph.D. University of Kentucky

Research/Academic Interests

  • Music in the general elementary classroom
  • Traditional African songs and games
  • Orff Schulwerk in beginning band


Dr. Mason’s work can be found in several journals including:
  • Mason, N. (2019). Music education advocacy: What Kentucky teachers should know. Bluegrass Music News. 70:3.
  • Mason, N. & Carucci, C. (2018). The Effect of a Clinical Field Experience Model on Pre-Service Music Teacher’s Occupational Identity. Kentucky Journal of Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 15.
  • Mason, N. (2015). Content Analysis of The Orff Echo, 1968-2015. The Orff Echo, 48(1), 4.
  • Mason, N. (2014). The diversity of African musics: Zulu kings, Xhosa clicks, and gumboot dancing in South Africa. General Music Today, 27(2), 30-35.
  • Mason, N. (2013). A content analysis study of the Bluegrass Music News 1952-2012. Bluegrass Music News, 65(1), 4.
  • Mason, N. (2012). Proudly South African in my American classroom. Orff Beat, 41, 4.
She has also co-authored book chapters including:
  • Mason, N., & Lewis, K. M. (2013). Orff in Band: Research and implementation. (Ed.), Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions (pp. 138-145). GIA.
  • Mason, N. (2013). South Africa: Developing identity in a pluralistic community. In Dr. Cecilia Wang and Dr. D Gregory Springer (Ed.), Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions (pp. 69-75). GIA.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History

  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Editorial board member of The Orff Echo, peer reviewed journal of American Orff-Schulwerk Association
  • Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Association, past president
  • International Society for Music Education, member
  • National Association for Music Education, member
  • Kentucky Music Educators Association, member
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • American Association of University Professors


  • 2019 American Orff-Schulwerk Association Research Grant Recipient
  • 2019 EKU Inclusive Excellence Award
  • 2018 EKU Distinguished Equity Award