Humboldt State University

School of Education

Sarah McClimon

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Dr. Sarah Jane McClimon


PhD, Department of Music, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  2011.

MA, Department of Music, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  2006.

BMus, magna cum laude, Music Education, instrumental emphasis, St. Olaf College.  1995. 

Research Student, Departments of Traditional Music and Musicology, Tokyo National University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku, Japan). 2004-2006, 2009-2010.

Minnesota Teaching Credential.  K–12, instrumental and classroom music.

California Teaching Credential. Single Subject, music.

Professional Experience

August 2013 – June 2014.  Adjunct faculty. Humboldt State University. Secondary Music Methods Online.

August 2012 – present. Music Teacher, Fortuna Union High School District. Teach band, jazz band, choirs and music technology.

Summer 2012.  Lecturer, Humboldt State University.  International English Language Institute.  Taught Advanced Reading and Advanced Writing to international students.

2011–2012.  Lecturer, College of Comparative Cultures, University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  2003-2004 and 2006-2009.

Assistant English Teacher, Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.  1999-2001.


“Western Challenge, Japanese Musical Response: Military Bands in Modern Japan.”  In Brass Bands of the World: Militarism, Colonialism, and Local Music-Making, edited by Kate Brucher and Suzel Reily, in press at Ashgate, release date October 2013.

Review of Matt Gillan, Songs from the Edge of Japan: Music-making in Yaeyama and Okinawa in Notes: Journal of the Music Library Association, June 2013.


Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow. For dissertation research in Japan.  2009-2010.

Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship Student.  2004-2006.

Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship for Japanese language study at University of Hawai‘i.  Summer 2007.

International Gugak (Traditional Music) Workshop, Seoul Korea.  One of fifteen scholars, artists and musicians invited by the Korean government agency National Gugak Center for two weeks of intensive training in Korean traditional music and dance.  September 2010.

Conference Presentations

“War Memories Revisited: Hybrid Nationalism and Discourses of Cultural Purity in Japanese War Song Festivals.”  Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 17, 2011.

“Lingering Musical Influences from the Japanese Occupation on Music of Palau.”  Society for Ethnomusicology, 53rd Annual Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, October 2008.

Other Interests

International cooking, travel in Asia, playing the Japanese koto. Performance web site: