Bonnie Jacobi

Contact Information


Office: UCA 314E

Role: Faculty

Position: Associate Professor of Music; Director of Colorado Kodály Institute


Dr. Bonnie Schaffhauser Jacobi is associate professor of Music Education at Colorado State University. For twenty-one years, she has been a music education specialist teaching students of all ages throughout Fla., Mass., N.J., and Texas. She has directed thirteen children's choirs that have performed at professional venues such as the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony, and Miami City Ballet. In 2008, she founded the Meadows Community Youth Chorus in Dallas for elementary-aged children without music in their schools.

Dr. Jacobi holds music degrees from the University of Houston (D.M.A. in Music Education), the University of Texas at Austin (M.M. in Piano Performance), and Mount Holyoke College (B.A. in Music). She holds Kodály Certification through training programs at Indiana University and McNeese State University, as well as a Dalcroze Certificate from the American Eurhythmics Society. Dr. Jacobi has also trained at Carnegie-Mellon University's International Dalcroze Institute, The Juilliard School's Abramson-Dalcroze Institute, the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and the TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to her arrival at Colorado State, Dr. Jacobi taught at Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston. She has published articles in Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher, Southwestern Musician, Texas Music Teacher, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, General Music Today, and the Kodály Envoy, and presents actively as a clinician and lecture-recitalist. Dr. Jacobi currently serves on the Editorial Board for Music Educators Journal.

At CSU, Dr. Jacobi is the area coordinator for Music Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Education. She also directs the Colorado Kodály Institute, serves as a faculty advisor for CSU's Collegiate CNAfME Chapter, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.

Integrated Research

At CSU, faculty research and professional activity is relevantly integrated throughout coursework in both the undergraduate and graduate degree sequences.

Bonnie Jacobi’s passion for on-location historical research includes a discovery of the first formal Dalcroze instruction that took place within an American music curriculum (1913, Bryn Mawr College), resulting in two published articles in the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Additionally, topics such as musical gesture, space, literacy, and socioemotional learning in music augment her research on the role of music in higher education for nineteenth-century females.


Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)- Music Education, University of Texas at Austin; Master of Music (M.M.) - Piano Performance, University of Texas at Austin; Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Music, Mount Holyoke College; Kodály Certification- Indiana University and McNeese State University; Dalcroze Certificate- American Eurhythmics Society