Jos Wuytack was born in Gent, Belgium, on March 23, in 1935. He earned his degrees in Music (Composition, Piano, Organ) and Pedagogy at the Lemmens Institute, University of Louvain, where he later became Professor of Music Pedagogy. He has also taught at the Higher Music Institute of Namur, Belgium, the Music Conservatoire of Tilburg, Holland, and the Music Institute of Active Methods of Lyon, France. He was guest Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Throughout his international career as music educator, Jos Wuytack has developed an active and creative approach to music education based upon the ideas of Carl Orff, who recognised Wuytack as a leading figure in this approach. He has been often invited by European and American universities and has taught over one thousand courses and workshops for music teachers, in 50 different countries in Europe, Africa, America, Asia, and Australia.
His widespread activity in the training of music teachers has significantly contributed to the development of music education at international level. In 1995 he received the Pro Merito Award from the Carl Orff Foundation in Münich, Germany, for his meritorious work in music pedagogy.
He has composed a wide range of vocal and instrumental works for choir, Orff instruments, recorders, percussion, and symphonic orchestra, some of which have been edited by Harmonia Mundi. He has published articles and books on music education in several countries. His songs with motion for children have been published in six different languages (Flemish, French, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese).
One of his most original contributions to modern music education is his pedagogy of Active Music Listening, with the methodology of the Musicogram, for teaching music appreciation. It has been edited in Flemish (1972), French (1974), Portuguese (1995 and 2016) and Spanish (1996) and has been widely used in Western Europe and North America.