PhD, University of Washington

Clayton Dahm serves as lecturer and 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, culturally responsive and expansive pedagogies, processes of transmission, and the musical practices of families. Publications can be found in the International Journal of Community MusicJournal of Popular Music EducationMusic Educators JournalMusic 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, choral, and instrumental educator in the United States and England.