Dunbar, Laura

(928) 301-4383
OAKE Affiliated Chapter

Educational Background

University of Arizona, PhD in Music Education, 2010-2014
Northern Arizona University, Master of Music in Teaching, 2004-2006
Heidelberg University, Bachelor of Music Education, 1996-2000

Kodály Studies

Kodály Level I: Arizona State University, June 2013
Kodály Level II: Arizona State University, June 2014
Kodály Level III: University of Nebra

Teaching Experience

University of Nebraska-Omaha, Omaha, NE; Kodály Level II Pedagogy and Materials instructor, 2017-present.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI; Assistant Professor of Music Education, 2014 - present.
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Graduate Assistant, 2010-2014.
Big Park Community School, Sedona, AZ; K - 8, 2003-2010.
Elmwood Local School Distrct, Jerry City, OH. 2000-2003.

Presentation Experiences

Dunbar, L. (2019, October). Creating interactive and engaging instructional materials. Lecture presented at the Midwest Kodály Music Educators of America
(MKMEA), Omaha, NE.

I also help gather our local general music teachers together regularly, and I have presented Kodály-inspired content at our local gatherings in addition to serving as a curriculum consultant for a local school district using Kodály as the philosophical base for their content spiral.

Areas of Expertise

Exceptional Learners

Session Topics

Rapid Assessment in the Music Classroom (2-hr)
Using Technology to Create Kodály-inspired Manipulatives (2-hr)
Literacy Strategies = Processing Strategies; how Kodály promotes literacy through Developmentally-Appropriate Practice (2-hr)

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence

One of our focus points on our campus is EDI (Equity Diversity and Inclusivity), and I am actively attending a variety of PDs to ensure I am continually learning. I then take the content and infuse it into my courses for my students.

Organizational Leadership



Dunbar, L. & Cooper, S. (2020). Speaking the Same Language: How the Kodály Method Promotes Disciplinary Literacy. General Music Today.
Cooper, S. & Dunbar, L. (Fall 2016). The magic of manipulatives in the general music classroom. Kodály Envoy.
Dunbar, L. (April 2016). Mainstreaming in American Music Education Journals (1960 - 1989): An analysis. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.
Dunbar, L.(2011).Performance assessing of the masses in 30 seconds or less. General Music Today

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