Mara Culp

Assistant Professor of Music Education



Mara E. Culp earned a PhD and Master’s in music education from Penn State and a bachelor’s in music education from Siena Heights University. She has taught K-12 general, choral, and instrumental music and has had extensive experience working with Pre-K students. During the 2016-2017 academic year, she served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education, Vocal General, at Ithaca College. She has also completed Kodály Level I and Music Together® Teacher Training.

Her scholarly and research interests include improving speech and language using music, music education for students with special needs, collaborating with special education professionals, elementary general music education, and choral music. In 2015, she was named a finalist for the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award by the Center for Music Education Research. Her dissertation was comprised of three studies examining the relationship between music aptitude and phonological awareness in elementary children. Her work has been published in The Orff EchoGeneral Music Today, Choral Journal, and Journal of Research in Music Education.

Culp is also an active presenter and speaker. Her original work has been presented to local and international audiences in and outside music education. Notable conferences include the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) Biennial International Convention; International Society for Music Education (ISME) Biennial World Conference; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention; American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) National Conference; Interdisciplinary Society for Quantitative Research in Music and Medicine Biennial International Conference; VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference; and Society for Music Teacher Education Biennial Symposium. She is frequently invited to speak on interdisciplinary topics and and has acted as an invited speaker/presenter in Communication Sciences and Disorders departments.