- Assistant Professor of Music, Kilmer Chair for Strings Education
- Email Address
- (620) 229-6113
B.A. in Music Education, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
M.M. in Music Education, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Ph.D. in Music Education, Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Amber Dahlén Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Music, the Mazie Barnett Kilmer Chair for Strings Education, and Co-Chair of the Music Department at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Through this position, she conducts the South Kansas Symphony, coaches the Williams String Quartet, and teaches violin, viola, music education, history, and theory courses. She previously taught music appreciation and music theory at Carl Sandburg College in Illinois, online graduate music education courses for University of Florida and Kent State University, and the laboratory orchestra at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Peterson completed her Ph.D. in Music Education, with a cognate in Music Cognition and Psychology, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also holds music education degrees from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She completed the Suzuki Violin Teacher Training program at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has earned additional graduate credit at The Ohio State University and University of Iowa. Some of her influential teachers include William Bauer, Lisa Huisman Koops, Kathleen Horvath, Lisa Boyko, Deborah Dakin, and Nobuyoshi Yasuda. Dr. Peterson has performed with many semi-professional and community symphonies, pit orchestras, and chamber ensembles throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio. Most recently, she appeared with the Delano Chamber Orchestra in Wichita. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Dr. Peterson taught orchestra in Moline, Illinois, teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has also served on the staffs of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Illinois Summer Youth Music, Illinois Ambassadors of Music, and the Cleveland Music School Settlement. She has held leadership positions in the Illinois Music Education Association and American String Teachers Association. Dr. Peterson’s research has primarily focused on music teacher education and music cognition. Her work has appeared in American String Teacher, Contributions to Music Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. She has presented sessions for state music education conferences in Ohio, Iowa, Illinois and Kansas, as well national conferences of the American String Teachers Association, the American Educational Research Association, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, and the National Association for Music Education.