Dr. Eila Peterson

Sessional Instructor, Music Theory, Aural Skills

P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8023
  • Ph.D, Music Education, Northwestern University, 2002
  • M.Mus, Music Education, University of Calgary, 1986
  • B. Ed, University of Western Ontario, 1979
  • B. Mus, Honours Music Education, 1978
  • A. Mus. (Clarinet - Performer), Western Ontario Conservatory of Music, 1978


Eila Peterson is serving as a sessional instructor of Theory and Aural Skills. Her background both in music and teaching is diverse, with performing experience on several brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Recognized nationally as an expert in musicianship training (aural skills) within a Kodály context, she serves on the board of the Alberta Kodály Association as an Advisor, on the board of the Kodály Society of Canada as Coordinating Editor, and has presented at conferences in P.E.I., Nova Scotia, Ontario, Indiana, Alberta, and B.C. 

Eila has also adjudicated Band and Brass/Woodwind classes music festivals in 4 provinces to date.  She is a conductor with Festival City Winds Music Society, a community band organization in Edmonton, and plays trombone in the brass quintet Five of a Kind.

Eila has taught at the University of Alberta,  the University of Calgary, Northwestern University, Keyano College, and the University of P.E.I. Prior to her post-secondary teaching, she taught music and other subjects from grades 1-12 in the Alberta school system, as well as early childhood music classes.

Her doctoral research links music cognition with music philosophy to investigate the creative dimension of music listening.  More recently she has focused on music cognition as it applies to music literacy.