Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Mara E. Culp who will join the music education faculty of Ithaca College in fall 2016 as a visiting assistant professor. She will teach courses related to elementary general music and coordinate music activities for preservice music teachers at Ithaca’s pre-K-6 lab school.
Mara received her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2007 from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Originally from Adrian, she won many awards while a student at Siena Heights, including the 2006 award for "Student of the Year in the Visual & Performing Arts and Education," departments as well as the 2006 "Outstanding Student in Music." After graduation, she taught K-12 music at the Will Carleton Academy in Hillsdale, Michigan for five years before beginning her master’s degree studies at Penn State.
Mara has had articles published in the Choral Journal and General Music Today. In addition to completing her dissertation, she is also working toward Level 1 Kodály certification. Her dissertation, advised by Joanne Rutkowski, is focused on the relationship between phonological awareness and music aptitude in elementary students with speech sound disorders.