Ireland D'Ambrosio, Kara

Music & Dance, Music Education Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer

     MUED 370A - Music Methods K-6

     MUSC 185A - Music For Children

Secondary Education, Adjunct Faculty/Lectuer

     Supervisor Phase I, II/III


University of New Hampshire, Bachelor of Music Education

Holy Names University, Master of Music Education

Boston University, Doctorate of Music Education

Licenses and Certificates

National Board Certified Teacher by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Orff Level 1

Kodaly Levels Certified

Music For the Unborn Certified

California Teaching Credential Music 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 from Boston University, a Graduate Certificate in Orff-Schulwerk from Mills College, and a Graduate Certificate in Music for the Unborn from Silver Lake College in Wisconsin. In 2004, Kara earned her National Board Certification in Early/Middle Childhood Music Education and renewed this certificate in 2014. Dr. Ireland D’Ambrosio is a Supervisor of student teachers in the SJSU Secondary Education department and is adjunct faculty in the Music Education department. She also is a mentor/support provider for the National Board Resource Center at Stanford University for many subjects including music, art, and PE. Dr. Ireland D'Ambrosio teaches grades TK-8 at Woodside School, where she won a Grammy Gold in 2002 for Excellence in Music Education. Recently, the California Music Educators Association has recognized Kara for her work in music education with the CMEA Peripole-Bergerault General Music Educators Award 2011. Furthermore, the Bay Section CMEA organization awarded her with the Outstanding Classroom General Music Award 2012. Dr. Ireland D’Ambrosio believes that “sink or swim” is not a teaching philosophy. Instead, a collaborative triangle between the teacher candidate, mentor and supervisor will provided strong support to produce a growth mindset in the field of education.