Teryl Dobbs is associate professor and chair of music education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, having appointments in both the School of Music and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is an affiliate within the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Disability Studies Initiative, and the Division of the Arts. Professor Dobbs holds the master’s and Ph.D. in music studies/music education from Northwestern University and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and pedagogy. She has over 16 years of experience in public school music education, and teaches courses in undergraduate music teacher preparation and graduate courses in music pedagogy, ability/disability studies, and music in the Holocaust/genocide. Professor Dobbs advises graduate students who pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in music education and serves on committees for students pursuing doctoral degrees in curriculum and instruction, performance, and conducting.
Professor Dobbs’ scholarly interests focus on social change and justice through critical interrogations of constructions of equity, inclusion, empathy, and care. In doing so, her research agendas encompass musical representations of trauma and pedagogies related to the Shoah (Holocaust); archival study of child and adult survivor testimonies and conducting oral histories regarding the musical experience within the Shoah; and interrogating theories of disability and nondisability within music education. Professor Dobbs presents her work nationally and internationally (including NAfME, ISME, CMS, ASEEES, AERA) and publishes in the Philosophy of Music Education Review, The Bulletin of the Council of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Advances in Music Education Research: Diverse Methodologies in the Study of Music Teaching and Learning, and Rethinking Education and the Musical Experience published by Oxford University Press. She recently concluded her work as an international co-investigator with the United Kingdom’s $2.5 million Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Large Grant, Performing the Jewish Archive and has received a grant from the United States Embassy in the Czech Republic for further work in that country which connects music, education, and the Shoah.