Research Interests:

  • Gospel Music Education in Public, Secondary and Post-Secondary School Settings
  • Informal Music Education / Popular Music Education
  • Culturally Relevant Curriculum
  • Equity, Diversity and Social Justice in Music Curriculum
Darren Hamilton facilitating the 2017 PowerUp Small Vocal Ensemble workshop.

Popular Music Education Book Project


Hamilton, D. (2023). Facilitating popular music ensembles in the music classroom. Recorder (Toronto)65(4), 28–33.

Hamilton, D. M. (2023). How gospel pianists learn Black gospel music: Developing gospel music education in postsecondary institutions beyond choral music. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Hamilton, D. and Corbin, J. (2022). #Blackmusicmatters: Hip-hop & social justice in Canada. MusiCounts.

Hamilton, D. (2021). #Blackmusicmatters: Dismantling anti-black racism in music education. Canadian Music Educator, 62(2), 16-28.


Hamilton, D. (2021). Hip-hop music education: Engaging students in social justice advocacy. Canadian Music Educator, 63(1), 20-28.

Gospel Music Education Curriculum Video:

This video was the media component of a Curriculum Policy Brief - the final project in a music education graduate course exploring Policy and Curriculum in Music Education.

Special thanks to Professor Karen Burke (York University), Professor Brad Klump (Humber College), Dr. Patrick Schmidt (Western University) and Dr. Kari Veblen (Western University) for their contributions to this project.

See Gospel Music Education Policy Brief Excerpt for a preview of segments of this project.