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Clayton Dahm (he/him)

Alumnus, PhD, Music Education
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Ph.D., Music Education, University of Washington
M.Mus., Ethnomusicology, SOAS, University of London
M.A., Music and Music Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
B.A., Music, University of Chicago

Clayton Dahm serves as lecturer & student teacher and assessment coordinator at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He is a specialist in elementary and community music education, with particular interest in Keetman-Orff Schulwerk, World Music Pedagogy, and Popular Music Education. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago (BA); Teachers College, Columbia University (MA); SOAS, University of London (MMus); and the University of Washington (PhD).

Spanning ethnomusicology and music education, scholarly interests include curriculum development, representation, transmission, and the musical practices of families. Publications can be found in the International Journal of Community Music, Journal of Popular Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Music Research Annual, and The Orff Echo. An active clinician and presenter, he currently serves on the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Council for Innovations.

Before coming to Northwestern, Dr. Dahm taught at Gonzaga University and the University of Washington and previously worked as a public school elementary general music and instrumental educator in the United States and England.


Courses Taught

Additional Courses

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Adjunct Instructor                                         

MUSC 139: World Music Methods - for Music Education Majors


Professional Affiliations: 
International Society for Music Education (ISME), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Association for Popular Music Education (APME), Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA)

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