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John Dally, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Bands and Music Education

John Dally has been a professor at PLNU since 2011, teaching courses in music education and conducting the university concert band and jazz ensembles. In his time at PLNU, he has continued to expand performance opportunities in the wind and percussion area. He is a Southern California native and PLNU alum. Before returning to the university, Dally taught music for eight years in the San Diego Unified School District, where his groups received numerous awards and recognition. He completed his Doctorate in music education from Boston University in 2020.  He is an active clinician and adjudicator, and serves as the collegiate liaison to the CMEA-SBS, and secretary for the San Diego Winds. In his spare time, he advises the PLNU Rugby Club, and enjoys stand-up paddle boarding and spending time with his wife and three children.


  • D.M.A., Music Education, Boston University, Boston, MA (in process)
  • M.A., Instrumental Conducting American Band College, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
  • California Single Subject Credential, Music, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA
  • B.A., Music Education, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

Courses Taught

  • Secondary Music Methods – MUE 454
  • Brass Methods – MUE 202
  • Woodwind Methods – MUE 201
  • Concert Band – MUP 333
  • Jazz Band – MUP 341
  • Introduction to Music – MUH 100
  • Beginning Conducting – MUA 212

Experience in Field

  • Research Interest: the exploration of how undergraduate music education majors learn and become music teachers through teacher-training program experiences.
  • Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego, CA), Assistant/Associate Professor, 2011 – present
  • Mira Mesa High School (San Diego, CA), Director of Bands, 2008 – 2011
  • Point Loma High School (San Diego, CA), Music Department Director, 2003 – 2008

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Collegiate Liason, California Association for Music Education Southern Border Section, 2012 – present
  • Vice President, California Association for Music Education Southern Border Section, 2008 – 2012
  • CMEA Member, California Association for Music Education (NAfME), 2004 – present
  • Board Member, San Diego Winds (Sand Diego Professional Wind Ensemble), 2008 – present

Awards and Honors

  • Honor Band Conductor, San Dieguito Unified High School District, 2017
  • Honoree, Point Loma High School Rhapsody on the Point, 2014
  • Honor Band Conductor, San Diego Unified School District, 2012
  • Shuchman Award, SDUSD Outstanding Secondary Instrumental Music Teacher, 2007
  • Teacher of the Year, Point Loma High School, 2006
  • Wrennie Sponsel Award (Outstanding Teacher under 3 years' experience), 2004

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • "Connecting the Dots: Community Performances as Advocacy," California All-State Music Education Conference, San Jose, 2016
  • "Intonation and the Band," Mega Arts Conference, San Diego, 2013
  • “Community Music Perspectives: Case studies from the United States,” Contributor, International Journal of Community Music, 2013