Patricia Shehan Campbell

Patricia Shehan Campbell[1] is Donald E. Peterson Professor of Music at the University of Washington, where she teaches courses at the interface of music education and ethnomusicology. Prior to this position, she was a member of the faculties of Washington University in St. Louis and Butler University. Her training includes Dalcroze Eurhythmics, piano and vocal performance, and specialized study in Bulgarian choral song, Indian (Karnatic) vocal repertoire, and Thai mahori, the latter two of which were launched during the period of her PhD studies in Music Education (with cognate studies in Ethnomusicology) at Kent State University. Her earliest studies were at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, where she learned piano from Jonas Svedas and composition from Bain Murray. She taught choral-vocal music in Cleveland-area schools before shifting her attention to music teacher education, and has worked on curricular projects in the St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Seattle area schools. Her additional training and education in music and its pedagogy has come through courses and programs sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Research Exchange (IREX), Fulbright-Hays, the Lilly Endowment, and the International Foundation for Music Research.

Patricia Shehan Campbell
NationalityUnited States
Alma materKent State University
Known forCommunity music, children’s musical culture, applied ethnomusicology, multiculturalism in school music education, World Music Pedagogy
AwardsMENC Senior Researcher Award. Taiji Traditional Music Award. Fumio Koizumi Prize for Ethnomusicology
Scientific career
FieldsMusic education, ethnomusicology
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington
Notable studentsDavid G. Hebert
InfluencesWilliam M. Anderson, John Blacking, Terry Kuhn, Barbara Lundquist, Terry M. Miller, Bruno Nettl, Christopher Small.


Campbell is the author of Songs in Their Heads (2010, 2nd edition), Musician and Teacher: Orientation to Music Education (2008), Tunes and Grooves in Music Education (2008), Teaching Music Globally (2004) (and co-editor of Oxford’s Global Music Series), Lessons from the World (1991/2001), Music in Cultural Context (1996), a musical parenting manual called I Can Play It (2015), co-author of Music in Childhood (2013, 4th edition) and Free to Be Musical: Group Improvisation in Music (2010). She is co-editor of Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education (3rd edition, 2010), The Oxford Handbook on Children’s Musical Cultures (2013), and Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers (2016). Recent chapters on world music pedagogy, music and social justice, applied ethnomusicology, and community music, have appeared in collected essays and handbooks.

Prof. Campbell has given numerous named lectures as well as clinical presentations throughout North America, in much of Europe and Asia, in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of South America and South Africa on traditional songs and singing styles, the pedagogy of world music, children’s musical cultures, and curricular traditions and transformations in universities and schools. Campbell has coordinated university-community music partnership projects, including Music Alive! in the Yakima Valley, First Band at First Place School, the Laurelhurst Music Program, and musical exchanges of university music majors with students of the Yakama Nation Tribal School. She was recipient of the Taiji Traditional Music Award in its inaugural year (2013), the Gunstream Award in Music for Community Engagement (2009), and the MENC Senior Researcher Award (2002).

Professional ContributionsEdit

Prof. Campbell has enjoyed involvement in professional organizations (and their boards, especially the Society for Ethnomusicology, the International Society for Music Education, and The College Music Society). Campbell has served terms as President of the College Music Society, Vice President of the Society for Ethnomusicology and Chair of the Board of Smithsonian Folkways. She has served on editorial boards of the Psychology of Music, British Journal of Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, College Music Symposium, and other journals, as well as co-editor of the Global Music Series of Oxford University Press. Her activity has been to examine contemporary situations relevant to cultural diversity and multicultural mandates in the teaching of music in various settings, and to seek out culturally responsive practices and the policies that articulate them. She is at work in the development of the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings certification courses in World Music Pedagogy for educators in elementary, secondary, and tertiary-level teaching, where she serves as chair of the SFR Advisory Board. She is actively engaged in international research projects on the pursuit of the Australian-based sustainable futures for music cultures and the Canadian-based network for advancing interdisciplinary research in singing. She is an active contributor to the dissemination of field recordings of Alan Lomax through her design of lessons for the Association for Cultural Equity. Her teaching and scholarship converge on questions of how music is transmitted, acquired, and created in contexts close to and distant from traditional practices of American educational institutions.


Prof. Campbell has also contributed through research and publications to an understanding of children’s musical development, to the establishment of world music pedagogy as a viable method for knowing music from distant or unfamiliar cultures, and to cultural diversity in music education school, community, and university practice. Her ethnographic work has opened up avenues for knowing children’s musically expressive selves (and collective cultures), and her influences are notable on younger scholars working in music education, community music, and applied ethnomusicology.


Year TItle Authors City of Publication Publisher Number of Pages




Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education[2]

Second Edition

Chinese Translation

Third Edition, 3 Volumes

William M. Anderson

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Reston, VA Music Educator's National Conference 334


1990 From Rice Paddies and Temple

Yards: Traditional Music of Vietnam[3]

Phong Thuyet Nguyen

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Danbury, CT World Music Press 88
1991 Lessons from the World[4] Patricia Shehan Campbell New York Schirmer Books 331
1991 Silent Temples, Songful Hearts:

Traditional Music of Cambodia[5]

Sam-Ang Sam

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Danbury, CT World Music Press 144
1992 The Lion’s Roar: Chinese Luogu Percussion Ensembles[6] Kuo-Huang Han

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Danbury, CT World Music Press 68
1994 Roots and Branches: A Legacy of Multicultural Music for Children[7] Patricia Shehan Campbell

Ellen McCullough-Brabson

Judith Cook Tucker

Danbury, CT World Music Press 140





Music in Childhood: From

Preschool through the Elementary Grades[8]

Second Edition

Third Edition

Third Edition/Enhanced

Fourth Edition/Enhanced

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Carol Scott-Kassner

New York Schirmer Books 398





1996 Music in Cultural Context[9] Patricia Shehan Campbell Reston, VA MENC 84
1998 Traditional Songs of Singing Cultures[10] Patricia Shehan Campbell

Sue Williamson

Pierre Perron

Miami, FL Warner Bros. Publications 64


Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its

Meaning in Children’s Lives[11]

Second Edition

Patricia Shehan Campbell New York Oxford University Press 290


2001 Canciones de America Latina: De Su Origen en La Escuela[12] Patricia Shehan Campbell Miami, FL Warner Bros. Publications 92
2003 From Bangkok and Beyond: Thai Children’s Songs, Games and Customs Pornprapit Phoasavadi Patricia Shehan Campbell Danbury, CT World Music Press 61
2004 Teaching Music Globally[13] Patricia Shehan Campbell New York Oxford University Press 258
2006 Cultural Diversity in Music Education: Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century[14] Patricia Shehan Campbell

Huib Schippers, Editors

Queensland Australian Academic Press
2006 Games Children Sing: Malaysia[15] Jackie Chooi-Theng Lew

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Van Nuys, CA Alfred Press 52
2008 Musician and Teacher: Orientations to Music Education[16] Patricia Shehan Campbell

with contributed chapters by Steven M. Demorest and Steven J. Morrison

New York W.W. Norton 352
2008 Tunes and Grooves: Music in the Making[17] Lee Higgins

Patricia Shehan Campbell

Englewood Cliffs, NJ Pearson 504
2012 The Oxford Handbook on Music in Children’s Lives[18] Patricia Shehan Campbell

Trevor Wiggins, Editors

New York Oxford University Press 658
2015 I Can Play It: Play-and-Learn Activities to Help your Child Discover the World through Music[19] Patricia Shehan Campbell

Maja Pitamic

Illustrated by Isabel Alberdi

Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated 160
2016 Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change: Creativity, Diversity, and Integration Edward W. Sarath, David E. Myers, Patricia Shehan Campbell New York, NY Routledge 176
2019 World Music Pedagogy, Vol. 6: School-Community Intersections Patricia Shehan Campbell, Chee Hoo Lum New York, NY Routledge 220
2020 World Music Pedagogy, Vol. 7: Teaching World Music in Higher Education William J. Coppola, David G. Hebert, Patricia Shehan Campbell New York, NY Routledge 234

External ReferencesEdit

Anderson, W., & Campbell, Patricia Shehan. (1996). Multicultural perspectives in music education (2nd ed.). Reston, Va.: Music Educators National Conference.

Bazan, D. (2006). Musical Meaning in Childhood: A Summary of the 2006 Ohio Music Education Association Research Forum Presented By Dr. Patricia Shehan Campbell. Contributions to Music Education, 33(1), 71-75.

Campbell, P.S., McCullough-Brabson, Ellen, & Tucker, Judith Cook. (1994). Roots & branches : A legacy of multicultural music for children. Danbury, CT: World Music Press.

Campbell, P.S. (1996). Music in cultural context : Eight views on world music education. Reston, VA: Music Educators National Conference.

Campbell, P.S., Williamson, Sue, Perron, Pierre, & Cavalier, Debbie. (1996). Traditional songs of singing cultures : A world sampler. Miami, Fla.: Warner Bros. Publications.

Campbell, P.S., & Frega, Ana Lucía. (2001). Songs of Latin America : From the field to the classroom = Canciones de América Latina : De sus orígenes a la escuela. Miami, FL: Warner Bros. Publications.

Campbell, P.S. (2004). Teaching music globally : Experiencing music, expressing culture (Global music series). New York: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, P.S. (2005). Cultural diversity in music education : Directions and challenges for the 21st century. Queensland: Australian Academic Press.

Campbell, P.S., & Scott-Kassner, Carol. (2006). Music in childhood : From preschool through the elementary grades (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Schirmer.

Campbell, P.S., Demorest, Steven M., & Morrison, Steven J. (2008). Musician and teacher : An orientation to music education. NY: W. W. Norton.

Campbell, P.S. (2008). Tunes and grooves for music education : Music for classroom use. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Campbell, P.S. (2010). Songs in their heads : Music and its meaning in children's lives (Second ed.). NY: Oxford University Press.

Campbell, P.S., & Wiggins, Trevor. (2013). The Oxford handbook of children's musical cultures (Oxford handbooks).

Cooper, Shelly C. (February 2010). "Campbell, Patricia Shehan". Grove Music Online. Retrieved November 13, 2015.

Han, G., & Campbell, P.S. (1996). The lion's roar : Chinese luogu percussion ensembles (2nd ed.). Danbury, CT: World Music Press.

Lew, J., & Campbell, P.S. (2006). Games children sing : Malaysia : Malay, Chinese, and Tamil-Indian children's songs and lore. Van Nuys, Calif.: Alfred Publishers

Nguyễn, T., & Campbell, P.S. (1990). From rice paddies and temple yards : Traditional music of Vietnam (Original paperback ed.). Danbury, CT: World Music Press.

"Patricia Shehan Campbell | School of Music | University of Washington". Retrieved 2015-11-09.Sam, S., & Campbell, P.S. (1991). Silent temples, songful hearts :

Traditional music of Cambodia (Original pbk. ed.). Danbury, CT: World Music Press.

"I Can Play It: Play-and-Learn Activities to Help Your Child Discover the World of Music". London: Barron’s Educational Series.


  1. ^ Information gathered from personal interview.
  2. ^ Anderson, William M.; Campbell, Patricia Shehan. Multicultural Perspectives in Music Education. Music Educators National Conference, 1902 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($39.50). ISBN 0-940796-63-5.
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  7. ^ "Product Detail: Roots & Branches - A Legacy Of Multicultural Music For Children". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  8. ^ "Music in Childhood: From Preschool through the Elementary Grades, 4th Edition - Patricia Shehan Campbell | Carol Scott-Kassner - 978-1285057477". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  9. ^ "Music in Cultural Context: Eight Views on World Music Education". Alibris. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  10. ^ "Traditional Songs of Singing Cultures ( 803030), World Music Books, CDs and DVDs for Kids | West Music". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  11. ^ "Songs in Their Heads: Music and Its Meaning in Children's Lives, 2nd edition | School of Music | University of Washington". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  12. ^ "Alfred Music | Songs of Latin America: From the Field to the Classroom | Book; CD". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  13. ^ "Teaching Music Globally: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture not sold separately". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  14. ^ Campbell, Patricia Shehan (2005-01-01). Cultural diversity in music education: directions and challenges for the 21st century. Queensland: Australian Academic Press. ISBN 1875378596.
  15. ^ "Product Detail: Alfred-Games Children Sing Malaysia". Retrieved 2015-11-14. External link in |website= (help)
  16. ^ Campbell, Patricia Shehan; Demorest, Steven M; Morrison, Steven J (2008-01-01). Musician and teacher: an orientation to music education. ISBN 9780393927566.
  17. ^ "Pearson - Tunes and Grooves for Music Education - Patricia Shehan Campbell". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  18. ^ "Oxford Handbook of Children's Musical Cultures - Oxford Handbooks". doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199737635.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199737635. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ "I Can Play It: Play-and-Learn Activities to Help Your Child Discover the World of Music". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2015-11-14.