Mara Culp

Assistant Professor of Music Education


Mara Culp earned a master’s degree in music education from Penn State and a bachelor’s in music education from Siena Heights University. She taught K-12 general, choral, and instrumental music in Michigan for five years and has had extensive experience working with Pre-K students, as well as serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Education, Vocal General, at Ithaca College. 

Her scholarly and research interests include improving speech using music, music education for students with special needs, collaborating with special education professionals, elementary general music education, and choral music. As a PhD candidate at Penn State, she is investigating the relationship between music aptitude and phonological awareness in elementary students with speech sound disorders. Her work has been published in The Orff Echo, General Music Today, and Choral Journal; and accepted to the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Culp is also an active presenter and speaker. She has presented her original work to local and international audiences in and outside music education. Notable conferences include the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) International Conference; 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; and Society for Music Teacher Education Biennial Symposium on Music Teacher Education. She is frequently invited to speak on interdisciplinary topics and has acted as an invited speaker/presenter in Communication Sciences and Disorders departments.