Robert Dunn is an adjunct professor of classical and jazz guitar at the UNI School of Music. He is also a member of the UNI Suzuki School, teaching guitar. In addition, he teaches classical guitar, jazz guitar, and jazz bass at Grinnell College. Dunn received both BA and MM from UNI and has been affiliated with the school as student or teacher since 1979. He also earned a BS from Iowa State in 1976.
Dunn is an active member of the Iowa music education community, serving with the faculties of the UNI, KCCK Middle School, Independence High School, Cedar Valley Middle School, and SWCC jazz camps. He also taught at the 2014 UNI Community Music Mania Camp. Dunn is a frequent adjudicator or clinician at various jazz contests, including the Coe Jazz Summit, NEIBA, SEIBA, and Des Moines Hoover festivals.
Dunn is an active performer on jazz, classical, steel-string, twelve-string, and electric bass guitars as well as banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. He plays with Hands of Time, The Dixie Saints, The Bill Shepherd Combo, and The George Jazz Trio and has substituted on electric bass for Checker and the Blue Tones. He has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines symphony orchestras as well as the travelling pit ensembles for Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coat, Copacabana, and Chicago. He plays in a classical guitar/flute duo with Wartburg College Professor of Flute Dominique Cawley. Robert and his wife Denise reside in Waterloo, IA.