Dr. Terry Sefton

Dr. Terry Sefton

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Email: tsefton@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext 3832
Office: Room 3330, Leonard & Dorothy Neal Education Building

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Professor, Ph.D. University of Toronto

Research Interests Icon Research Interests

  • Music education
  • Higher education 
  • Sociology of art
  • Identity
  • Visual sociology
  • Institutional ethnography

Courses Taught Icon Courses Taught

Pre-Service Courses
  • Music Instrumental (Teachable Subject)
  • Music Vocal (Teachable Subject)
  • Music Methodology (P/J)
  • Music Methodology (J/I)
  • Pedagogy of the Arts (I/S)
  • Contemporary Social Issues in Education
Graduate Courses
  • Field of Study - Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education (PhD)
  • Qualitative Methods in Educational Research (M.Ed.)
  • Arts and Education (M.Ed.)
  • Research in Education (M.Ed.)
  • Sociological Aspects of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Educational Research Internship (M.Ed.)
  • Doctoral Seminar (PhD)
  • Research Proposal Colloquium (PhD)

Publications Icon Publications

Sirek, D. & Sefton, T.G. (2023). “And the music room door was just shut”: Practicum, professional development, and possibility for generalist teachers teaching music. Canadian Music Educator/Musicien éducateur au Canada, 64(4), 28-34. 

Sirek, D. & Sefton, T.G. (2023). Becoming the music teacher: Stories of generalist teaching and teacher education in music, before and during the pandemic. International Journal of Music Education. (Online First). http://doi.org/10.1177/02557614231163266

Sefton, Terry and Sirek, Danielle (2023). Identity, memory, and performance in the time of pandemic: A duoethnography. Visions of Research in Music Education, 41, Article 6. https://opencommons.uconn.edu/vrme/vol41/iss1/6

Sefton, T. G., & Ricketts, K. (2022). Carto-elicitation: Improvised performances/narratives of identity, memory, and sites of fascination. LEARNing Landscapes Journal15(1), 323-336. doi.org/10.36510/learnland.v15i1.1079.

Sefton, T. G. (2022). The precarity of extracurricular education in Ontario schools during labour strife. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 201, 28-38. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjeap/issue/view/5365

Sefton, T. G. (2021). Teaching music teacher candidates in uncertain times: A self-study. Canadian Music Educator Journal/Musicien educateur au Canada, 63(2), 47-54.

Chi, C. K. & Sefton, T. G. (2021). The creation of multimodal texts of adult English language learners in a Canadian university: A case study, Educational Role of Language Journal (ERL), 2(4), 100-114. doi.org/10.36534/erlj.2020.02.11.

Sefton, T. G., Sirek, D. (2020). Musical self-portraits and representations of non/conformity: In the music classroom with preservice generalist teachers. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 21(32). http://doi.org/10.26209/ijea21n32

Sefton, T., Smith, K., & Tousignant, W. (2020). Integrating multiliteracies for preservice teachers using project-based learning, Journal of Teaching and Learning, 14(2), 18-32.

Sefton, T. (2018). Teaching for creativity and informal learning in liminal spaces. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 17(3), 79-100. doi: 10.22176/act17.3.79.

Sirek, D., & Sefton, T. (2018). Control, constraint, convergence: Examining our roles as generalist teacher music educators. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education (ACT), 17(2), 50-70. doi: 10.22176/act17.2.50.

Sefton, T., Bayley, J., & Rideout, G. (2016). Collaborating in (mis)translation: Opportunities lost and found during a multi year exchange program between Canada and China. Comparative and International Education, 45(3), 1-20.

Sefton, T. & Bayley, J. (2012). The performing professor: Conflicts of identity and work in faculties of education. S. O’Neill (Ed.), Personhood and music learning: Multidisciplinary perspectives and narrative voice. Canadian Music Educators” Association.

Sefton, T., & Windle, S. (2011). Mediating the message of action research. Journal of Teaching and Learning, 7(2), 83-98.

Windle, S., & Sefton, T. (2011). Montage: Improvising in the land of action research. Canadian Journal of Action Research, 12(3), 13-28.

Sefton, T., & Bayley, J. (2010). Stop calling it "prep": Implementing the new arts curriculum. The Register, 12, 17-20.

Sefton, T. (2006). Higher education and imagination: Creativity as problematic. Opening Doors to Imaginative Education: Connecting Theory to Practice. Imaginative Education Research Group

Sefton, T. (2002). Research as art: Researcher as artist. S. Abbey (Ed.), Ways of knowing in and through the body. Soleil Publishing.


Ricketts, K. & Sefton, T.G. (2022). Mapping and mining narratives of place through interdisciplinary performance. Performance, cello and dance. The Fifth Parallel Gallery, Riddell Centre, University of Regina, Regina, SK.

Sefton, T. (2018). Luminous John Lander: Portrait, landscape, still life. Curator. Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa ON, September 29, 2018-December 09, 2018.

Sefton, T., & Ricketts, K. (2017). Stories of Windsor. Video, cello, and dance, installation and performance. The 2017 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor ON Canada, October 21, 2017-January 28, 2018

Ricketts, K., & Sefton, T. (2016; 2017), Carto-elicitation: Improv performances, cello and dance. Listening Lab, University of Regina, Regina, SK.

Kutnowski, M., Bayley, J., & Sefton, T. (2015). Epigrams. Performance of commissioned work by M. Kutnowski for flute, cello, and piano. University Community Church, Windsor, ON.

Kutnowski, M., Bayley, J., & Sefton, T. (2014). Concert. St Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.

Sefton, T., Minevich, P., & Klassen, K. (2013). Concert. Shubox Theatre, University of Regina, Regina, SK.

Sefton, T., Bayley, J., & Tousignant, W. (2012). Tetrahedron. Video and improv. La Roche d'Hys—Domaine des Arts, Vitteaux, FR.

Bayley, J., Sefton, T., & Palmer, D. (2012). Concert. All Saints Anglican Church, London, ON.

Sefton, T., Bayley, J., & Palmer, D. (2011). Concert. All Saints Anglican Church, Windsor, ON.

Sefton, T., Bayley, J., & Jones, R.  (2010). Concert. St Luke’s Church, Ottawa, ON.

Sefton, T., & Jarvis, B. (2009). Performance/lecture. School of Visual Art, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.

Sefton, T., & Bayley, J. (2009). Concert. Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, NB.

Sefton, T., & Jarvis, B. (2007). Performance. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.

Education Icon Education

Ph.D., OISE/University of Toronto
M.Ed., University of Western Ontario
B.Ed., University of Western Ontario
B.Mus., McGill University

Recent Graduate Supervision

Dayna Duggan, M.Ed. 2021. An investigation of the self-efficacy perceptions of newly hired occasional teachers in Southwestern Ontario.

Azadeh Eftakhari, M.Ed. 2020. The use of visual arts and music to teach adults English as an additional language.

Man Xu, M.Ed. 2018. Senior Chinese English as a second language (ESL) learners on their learning expectations and needs in a communicative-approach-based program in Windsor: A case study. 

Julia Colella, PhD. 2018. Plagiarism education, perceptions, and responsibilities in post-secondary education.

Amelia Herceg, M.Ed. 2017. “The finished work of art does not have to be a masterpiece!”: Perspectives of direct support professionals on implementing art activities as leisure options.

Fang Fang, M.Ed. 2017. How can American art museums enhance millennials’ interest in art: A case study of two art museums.

Chenkai Chi, M.Ed. 2017. Integrating the arts into English learning: A case study of EFL learners in a Canadian university.

Peter Bates, PhD. 2015. The curriculum changed: Did the teacher?

Julia Colella, M.Ed. 2012. Plagiarism self-reported rates, understandings, and education among teacher candidates in a faculty of education.

Mehrnaz Mermar-Sadeghi, M.Ed. 2012. Exploring motivational strategies of successful second language learners.

Tanya Demjanenko, M.Ed. 2011. Identity / in / formation: A visual autoethnographic exploration through the voices and images of six immigrant women graduate students.

Anne Arthur, PhD. 2011. Perspectives of creative adolescents on their first year of high school. 

Alison Zilli, M.Ed. 2011. Deconstructing Eva Hesse's organic nothings: An artful inquiry through the making of a dress.