College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jacob M. Dakon, Ph.D.

School of Music - Music
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
785-864-4518
Murphy Hall
Room 408
University of Kansas
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103


Jacob M. Dakon, violinist, is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Kansas and a Research Fellow with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Education

Ph.D., Music Education, The Ohio State University

Master of Music (M.M.), Violin Performance, Appalachian State University

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Music Education, University of South Carolina

Teaching

40% teaching; three-course load during fall semester and a two-course load during spring semester. These loads may also involve student-teaching observations and advisement. The courses incorporate string pedagogy, instructional behaviors, curriculum sequencing, and administrative factors in instrumental contexts.

Teaching Interests

  • Music education
  • String pedagogy, instructional behaviors, curriculum, and administrative factors in instrumental contexts.

Research

Primary research interests include string instrumental pedagogy, memory, and music identity.

Research Interests

  • String pedagogy
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Memory
  • Beginning-level instrumentalist
  • Music identity

Selected Publications

Dakon, J. M., & Major, M. L. (in press). Singer perceptions of top-level choral experiences. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Dakon, J. M. (2017). Studio teaching tips: Reconsidering b-flat instruction . American String Teacher.

Major, M. L., & Dakon, J. M. (2016). Singers’ perceptions of mid-level choral experiences. Journal of Research in Music Education, 64(1), 108-127. DOI:10.1177/0022429416639232

Dakon, J. M., & Dvorak, A. L. (2015). Teacher perceptions of memorization in string Instructional Settings: An exploratory study. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 202, 29-49. DOI:10.5406/bulcouresmusedu.202.0029

Dakon, J. M., & Giray, S. (2015). Collé action: An alternative perspective on right-hand finger and wrist mobility. American String Teacher, 65(3), 32-35.

Dakon, J. M. (2014). Exploring pre-bowing exercises: The search for a definition and its application . American String Teacher, 64(1), 34-37.

Dakon, J. M. (2013). An examination of aural and visual practice strategies exhibited by beginning-level string students when memorizing music material. String Research Journal, 4, 37-53.

Dakon, J. Michael (2011). Dr. Harvey Samuel Whistler, Jr. (1907-1976): An influential pedagogue and researcher in instrumental music education. Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, 33(1), 5-26.

Selected Presentations

Dakon, J. (08/05/2016). “We’re in this together:” How memorization through meaningful social interaction can impact the future of music learning. “Music School of the Future” Conference. Kingswood College, Grahamstown, South Africa

Major, M. & Dakon, J. (07/29/2016). Chorister’s perceptions of top-level choral experiences: Replication and extension. 32nd ISME World Conference on Music Education, International Society for Music Education. Glasgow, Scotland

Dakon, J. (05/27/2016). “They always have their music with them:” Examining the task-value of memorization in youth instrumental ensembles. International Research Symposium for Talent Education, Suzuki Associations of America. Minneapolis, MN

Dakon, J. (03/03/2016). Pre-bowing exercises: Navigating the awkward steps between pizzicato and détaché. Clinic presented at the 2016 American String Teachers National Conference, American String Teachers Association. Tampa, FL

Dakon, J. & Rigby, L. (02/26/2016). Spiccato: A long and bumpy road? Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. Wichita, KS

Dakon, J. (07/23/2015). Memorization and mental representations: Enhancing the practice abilities of young instrumentalists. University of the Free State, Odeion School of Music . Bloemfontein, South Africa

Dakon, J. & Dvorak, A. (03/20/2015). Teacher perceptions of memorization in string instructional settings: An exploratory study. Poster session presented at the 2015 American String Teachers National Conference, American String Teachers Association. Salt Lake City, UT

Major, M. & Dakon, J. (04/11/2014). Student perspectives on building identity in mid-level collegiate choirs. 2014 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education Conference. St. Louis, MO.

Dakon, J. & Mathieu, V. (03/07/2014). Memorization from the perspective of the beginning-level strings student: Useful tips for string instrumentalists of all ages . 2014 American String Teachers National Conference. Louisville, KY

Dakon, J. (02/28/2014). Pre-bowing exercises: Navigating the awkward steps between pizzicato and détaché. Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. Wichita, KS.

Dakon, J. & Brooks, E. (03/01/2013). Reviving the forgotten literature of Dr. Harvey S. Whistler, Jr.: An examination of important technical and chamber works still relevant to the 21st century studio and string class. 2013 American String Teachers National Conference . Providence, RI

Dakon, J. (02/28/2013 - 03/01/2013). Collé! The key to smooth bow direction changes, bow distribution, and spiccato. 2013 American String Teachers National Conference-National Orchestra Festival. Providence, RI

Dakon, J. (02/22/2013). The missing link: Addressing bow control between staccato and spiccato. 2013 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. Wichita, KS

Dakon, J. (03/29/2012). An examination of aural and visual practice strategies exhibited by beginning-level string students when memorizing music material. 2012 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, National Association for Music Education. St. Louis, MO.

Dakon, J. (03/24/2012). Bringing the sounds of South Africa to the string orchestra Classroom: Strategies for enhancing your alternative styles curriculum. 2012 American String Teachers National Conference, American String Teachers Association. Atlanta, GA.

Dakon, J. (03/25/2010). Dr. Harvey Samuel Whistler, Jr. (1907-1976): A pioneer pedagogue and researcher in instrumental music education. 2010 Biennial Music Educators National Conference, Music Educators National Conference. Anaheim, CA.


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