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Nick Dolan on a park bench

Hi, I'm Nick.

I believe our experiences with music are deeply personal and unique. It's an experience that changes us, whether we're alone or with others, listening, creating, or performing. Music education, therefore, must be fluid, holistic, alive.

I began my Ph.D. in Music Education at Texas Tech University because I have a passion for storytelling and shared experiences, for interacting with the voices of history and culture. These are, I believe, what music gives to the world.

Nick Dolan


Nick Dolan is an educator, composer, and scholar-in-training, whose research interests include the intersections of Kodály and choral practices, the changing voice, and equity in education. Nick has been a guest speaker and clinician for the OAKE Western Division, Texas Tech University, and Lewis & Clark College, and his research has been accepted for poster sessions at the Gordon Institute for Music Learning International Conference, the Symposium for Music Teacher Education, and the TMEA Annual Conference. Nick currently serves as president of the Southern Washington and Oregon Kodály Educators (SWOKE), an Affiliate Chapter of OAKE, and on the national Kodály Envoy Committee for OAKE.


Nick is a Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University studying Music Education with a focus in choral and elementary music, studying under Dr. Susan Brumfield, Dr. Janice Killian, Dr. Alan Zabriskie, and Dr. Jacqueline Henninger. Nick received his M.Ed. from Portland State University in 2017, where he studied under Dr. Ethan Sperry and Debbie Glaze, and received his Kodály certification from the Organization of Kodály Educators (OAKE) at Portland State University in 2021.


Nick is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Society for Research in Music Education (SRME), the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

“Education is an act of love, and thus an act of courage.”

Paulo Freire

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