Jacob Dakon

Jacob M. Dakon
  • Associate Professor of Music Education
  • Music Education & Music Therapy, Instrumental (Strings)
  • Music Education Area Coordinator
  • **KU Safe Zone Member

Contact Info

408 Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103


Jacob M. Dakon is Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Kansas, Division of Music Education and Music Therapy. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Dakon taught string orchestra in the public schools of South Carolina and served as adjunct faculty at the Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music in Boone, North Carolina. Other positions included String Coordinator and Violin Instructor for the ASU Community Music School and Suzuki Violin Instructor at the James C. Harper School for the Performing Arts in Lenoir, North Carolina. Dr. Dakon also holds training in the pedagogical approaches of Paul Rolland, George Bornoff, and Shinichi Suzuki, each of which strongly influence his work. 

At the University of Kansas, Dr. Dakon teaches coursework in string methods, rehearsal techniques, instrumental conducting, music administration, and qualitative research in music education. His research examines music education from a microhistorical perspective, focusing specifically on the development of string classroom education between 1910 and 1940. Other research interests include heterogeneous string instruction, community music, memorization, and music expertise. His published works can be found in the Journal of Research in Music EducationBritish Journal of Music EducationJournal of Historical Research in Music EducationString Research JournalBulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, and the American String Teacher.

An active member of the string education field, Dakon serves as Director of the Lawrence Youth Orchestra's Sinfonietta Ensemble, as a reviewer of the American String Teacher Association Music Review Committee, and as President-Elect of the Kansas American String Teachers Association.


2023                Rolland Pedagogy Certification, Presenter, Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop

2022                Rolland Pedagogy Certification, Level 4, Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop

2021                Bornoff String Five-Day Workshop [online], Foundation for the Advancement of String Education

2021                Rolland Pedagogy Certification, Level 3, Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop                        

2020                Bornoff String Three-Day Primer Workshop, Foundation for the Advancement of String Education

2020                Rolland Pedagogy Certification, Level 2, Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL

2019                Rolland Pedagogy Certification, Level 1, Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL

2007                Suzuki Training-Book 2, Suzuki Institute, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

2006                Suzuki Training-Book 1, Suzuki Institute, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

1996-2000       Student Intern, University of South Carolina String Project


Ph.D. in Music Education, The Ohio State University, 2011, Columbus, Ohio
Master of Music, Violin Performance, Appalachian State University, 2006, Boone, North Carolina
Bachelor of Music, Music Education, University of South Carolina, 2000, Columbia, South Carolina