Jacob Dakon

Jacob M. Dakon
  • Associate Professor of Music Education
  • Music Education & Music Therapy
  • 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 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 and Shin’ichi Suzuki, both of which strongly influence his work. 

At the University of Kansas, Dr. Dakon teaches string techniques, string methods, rehearsal techniques, instrumental conducting, music administration, human life-span development, and an introductory course in music education. As a member of the string education field, he serves as a member of the American String Teacher Association Collegiate Committee, American String Teacher Editorial Committee, and the editor of the Kansas American String Teachers Association Newsletter.

Dr. Dakon’s 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. Dr. Dakon is also a contributing member of the International Research Symposium for Talent Education (IRSTE) research group, and a research fellow with the University of the Free State in South Africa.



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

  • Dissertation: “The Effects of Aural and Visual Strategies on the Memorization of Beginning-Level String Students: An Exploratory Study” 
  • Advisor: Dr. Robert Gillespie

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

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


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

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

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