Don D. Coffman

Chair of the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy

(305) 284-8645
Locator Code:
Frost North Studio Wing 5499 San Amaro Dr
Room 308
Coral Gables, Florida 33146


Professor Coffman is an internationally known scholar with over 100 publications and 100 presentations in 13 countries around the globe. With over 40 years of teaching experience -- spanning elementary, junior high, high school, university, and community band settings -- it’s little wonder that he claims his greatest passion is making music with “chronologically gifted” adults in wind bands. He holds the title of Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, where he taught for 24 of those 40 years.

In his storied career, Professor Coffman has conducted over 300 wind band performances and clinics. He founded the Iowa City, Iowa New Horizons Band in 1995 and led it for 16 years. Today, the program continues to provide an opportunity for senior adults to learn or reacquaint themselves with wind and percussion instruments and the opportunity to use them to make music. In addition, he spent three months as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania (Australia).

Professor Coffman has chaired the Community Music Activity Commission of the International Society for Music Education and the Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He has served on NAfME’s Society for Research in Music Education Executive Committee and twice served as a member of the editorial board of NAfME’s Journal of Research in Music Education. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Community Music and editor of Research Perspectives in Music Education. He is also the recipient of numerous honors, among them, the Inaugural Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service, NAfME ACME SRIG, the President's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement from the University of Iowa and the State of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award.



1912B.M.E. , University of Kansas
1984M.M.E. , Wichita State University
1987Ph.D. Music Education, University of Kansas

Honors & Acknowledgements

Inaugural Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Service, NAfME ACME SRIG
President's Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement, University of Iowa
State of Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award

Conferences & Events

ISME - Community Music Activity | Edinburgh, Scotland


Coffman, D. D. Pedagogy, andragogy, and heutagogy: A continuum of perspectives for community music practice with adults. Oxford handbook of community music. (Oxford University Press. 2017, in press).

Coffman, D. D. "Pädagogik, andragogik und heutagogik: Perspektiven für die community music-arbeit mit erwachsenen. " Community music - Beiträge zur theorie und praxis aus internationaler und deutscher perspektive 105-121 (Munich, Waxmann. 2017).