Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio, DMA

Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio

Lecturer, Teacher Education

Dr. Kara Ireland D'Ambrosio holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master of Music Education Degree with a Kodaly emphasis from Holy Names University in Oakland, a Doctorate of Musical Arts inMusic Education from Boston University, In 2004, Kara earned her National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music Education and has recently renewed this certification. She also is a mentor/support provider for the National Board Resource Center at Stanford University for many subjects including music, art, and PE! Kara has special interest in intercultural educational practices, preservice education, and interventions for income inequality.


  • D.M.A., Music Education, Boston University
  • M.M., Music Education, Holy Names University
  • B.M., Music Education, University of New Hampshire

Recent Presentations

  • CMEA, Bay Section, Kodaly & SEL, 2020
  • Stratford Schools (private), Clinic for General Music Teachers (SEL & Music), 2018, 2020
  • Marian Cilker Conference for Arts Education, Music and Common Core ELA, San Jose, CA, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Noteworthy Grants and Awards

  • SJSU, Spring 2020 Student Success Research Program

Online Resources

Areas of Research Interest

  • Income inequality
  • Music education
  • Social justice

Recommended Reading

Personality Playlist

Listen to Kara's playlist below and access all of the personality playlists on our Lurie College of Education Spotify account