Mara Culp

Music Teaching and Learning
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Bachelor of Music Education
Class of 2007
Alma Mater:
Siena Heights University

Independent Alum of the Day

Mara E. Culp graduated from Siena Heights University with her bachelor's degree in music education. On campus, she kept active as a member of Phi Sigma Sigma. 

Mara then completed her master's degree and eventually her Ph.D. in music education at Penn State University. She is now an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. She teaches elementary general music methods, middle school choral methods, and other coursework for undergraduate and graduate students. She also advises the Collegiate National Association for Music Education (C-NAfME) chapter and serves on the Diversity Committee for the Eastman School of Music. 

My motivation

I am motivated by helping people become more comfortable, competent, and confident in their musical abilities and themselves.

My latest accomplishments

My latest accomplishment is completing Level 1 in Orff-Schulwerk, an approach that combines elements of movement, music, drama, and speech. 

Next big goal

My next big goal is beginning a new research project with preservice music teachers. 

Why is choosing your own path important?

Choosing your path is important because you may be able to discover a way to help or reach someone in ways that no one has before. 

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