Department of Music
F.D. Hall Music Center
Jackson State University
JSU Box 17055
Jackson, MS 39217-0155

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Dr. David Akombo

Dr. AkomboAssistant Professor

Music Education, Graduate Coordinator


Dr. David O. Akombo is the Director of Music Education and The Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Music. As an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Associate Graduate Faculty, Dr. Akombo teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Music Education and Research Methods. Dr. Akombo’s extensive educational training include; Bachelor of Education (B.ED) degree with a double major in Music and Education from Kenyatta University in Kenya, Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Teaching Learning and Technology from Point Loma N. University in California, USA, Master of Music (M.Mus.) degree in Ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Education from The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA. He has authored books, several articles and  presented symposia and workshops at regional, national, and international conferences including Mississippi Music Educators Association (MMEA), Utah Music Educators Association (UMEA), Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA), Hawaii Music Educators Association (HMEA), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH), World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT), American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Research in Music Education (RIME) among others. Dr. Akombo is a member of the Board of The Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine (ISQRMM). His selected publications include: Music and Medicine: Connections Found, Seaburn Press, (2009), Music and Healing Across Cultures, Culicidae Press (2006), and “Contemporary Voices in Music Therapy “(eds. Stige, Brynjulf & Carolyn Kenny). Oslo: Unipub (2002). His broad-based research interests include music and cognitive development in children and young adults; ethnomusicology; comprehensive musicianship; cultural identity and Afrocentricity issues in choral and instrumental music; multicultural music education; African song –dance dyad ; community music; teaching and learning theory; music technology; psychology of music; and quantitative research in music and biomedical sciences. Dr. Akombo is a highly-sought speaker having recently been invited to give lectures at Brigham Young University, Boston University, Mississippi State University, among others.

Selected publications by Dr. David Akombo