Patricia Shehan Campbell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the interface of Ethnomusicology and Music Education, including music for children, world music pedagogy, and ethnographic research in music. Since 2010, she has chaired the Ethnomusicology program, establishing the BA in Ethnomusicology degree and developing studies in music and community. She was named Donald E. Petersen Professor of Music in 2000, and continues to hold this appointment offered to accomplished faculty at the University of Washington. Her interests include music in early and middle childhood, world music pedagogy, and the use of movement as a pedagogical tool. She has delivered lectures and conducted clinics across North America and in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Campbell is published widely on issues of cross-cultural music learning, children’s musical cultures, cultural diversity in music education, and the study of the world’s musical cultures in K-12 and university courses.
In 2013, she received a Taichi Traditional Music Award (along with Ravi Shankar and Bruno Nettl) for her work on the transmission, teaching, and preservation of traditional music in schools and university programs of music education. She was also recipient of the Senior Researcher Award from the Society for Research in Music Education in 2002 for her long and continuing research record, and the 2014 Kent State University Distinguished Alumni Award.
Campbell is chair of the Board for Smithsonian Folkways, where she works on curricular development of archived recordings for the dissemination through teaching of American and global music expressions in schools and communities. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures (2013) and the Global Music Series (2004-present), a series of books and recordings by 25 ethnomusicologists in study of the world's musical cultures. She has written well over 150 books, chapters, and articles in refereed journals, including these titles: Songs in Their Heads (2010, 2nd edition), Teaching Music Globally (2004), Free to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music (2010), Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (2010, 3rd edition), Music in Childhood (2013, 4th edition), Musician and Teacher (2008), Tunes and Grooves in Music Education (2008), Music in Cultural Context (1996), and Lessons from the World (1991).
Campbell has served on boards of the Society for Ethnomusicology (as vice-president 2010-2011), the International Society for Music Education, and The College Music Society (as president 2013-14). She has been an active member of various editorial committees (Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, Research Studies in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and the College Music Symposium). Since 2009, she has been a regular contributor to projects of the Association for Cultural Equity, including curricular design and repatriation efforts of the archived recordings of Alan Lomax.
She holds a Ph.D. from Kent State University and a B.F.A. from Ohio University. Campbell is a certified teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and continues her study of music's transmission processes through applied lessons with visiting artists, culture-bearers, and community musicians.