Part-time Contract Faculty Member
Robert Ollikkala has completed an Associate of Music in Piano Pedagogy (Western Conservatory of Music), a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (University of Western Ontario), a Bachelor and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Literature and Performance (University of Western Ontario), and a PhD in Musicology, with a specialization in Ethnomusicology (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).
His research interests include South Asian music, North American indigenous music, the interaction between Asian spirituality (particularly Buddhism) and music, and jazz. He has carried out extensive fieldwork in both India and northern Ontario. At Algoma University he teaches Music Theory, World Music, Native Music, The Sociology of Music, Romantic Music, Twentieth-Century Music, and Studio Piano. He spends much of his spare time camping, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing.