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Dr. Laura Dunbar

Laura Dunbar
  • Associate Professor of Music Education
  • Music Education Coordinator
  • Music and Theatre Arts

After completing a BME at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, Laura Dunbar taught 10 years in the public schools beginning her career as a band director teaching instrumental music to grades 5-12 at Elmwood Local Schools in Ohio. When her family relocated to Arizona, she accepted a K-8 position in Sedona, Arizona where she taught general, instrumental, vocal, and steel drum music for seven years. While teaching in Sedona, she completed a Master in Music with an emphasis in Music Teaching from Northern Arizona University. She then traveled to the University of Arizona where she graduated with a PhD in Music Education and a minor in Educational Psychology. Laura has presented at local, state, and national conferences and in-service workshops including Arizona Music Education Association, Mountain Lake Colloquium, Desert Skies Symposium, and the Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine (ISQRMM). Currently, Laura is Assistant Professor of Music Education, Elementary Specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she also serves as Music Education Coordinator. Laura is also serving as a board member and Webmaster for ISQRMM as well as the technology columnist for General Music Today.

Teaching Interests
  • Elementary General Music
  • Secondary General Music
  • Technology
Research and Creative Activities

Self-regulation development, students with special needs in the music classroom and co-teaching

  • B.M.E., Heidelberg University
  • M.M., Northern Arizona University (Music Teaching)
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona (Music Education, Educational Psychology)
  • Kodaly Levels I and II
  • Orff Levels I and II
  • Wisconsin Teaching Certificate