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Christopher M. Marra
Joined Seton Hill
2017
Hometown
Lower Burrell, PA
Contact Info
cmarra@setonhill.edu

Christopher M. Marra is currently the Director of Instrumental Activities at Seton Hill University. As a part of his duties, Chris is the conductor of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds, the Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and teaches courses in music education and conducting. He is also currently completing a Ph.D in Music Education with an emphasis in wind band conducting from the University of Michigan. Prior to doctoral studies, Chris taught high school band and orchestra for 10 years in San Jose, CA where he held board positions with the CMEA Bay Section and the California Band Directors Association. Chris holds a B.S. in Music Education from Duquesne University and an MM in Music Education with an emphasis in wind band conducting from Northwestern University. Chris is also an active clinician and adjudicator within several state organizations as well as Drum Corps International. His research interests include: social influence in music education, music teacher retention, and undergraduate teacher preparation.

Education

  • In Progress - Ph.D. Music Education, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), In Progress
  • M.M. Music Education, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 2010
  • B.S. Music Education, Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA), 2005

Publications

  • West, C., & Marra, C. M. (2018). Marching band. In C. Conway, K. Pellegrino, A. M. Stanley, & C. West (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States.
  • Vaughan-Marra, J. C., & Marra, C. M. (2017). Teaching music in the flat world: Reflections on the work of Darling-Hammond and Rothman. Arts Education Policy Review. doi:10.1080/10632913.2016.1249322
  • Marra, C. M., & Vaughan-Marra, J. C. (2016). A report on the 2015 Society for Music Teacher Education symposium. Michigan Music Educator, 53(2), 35-36.

Presentations

  • RESEARCH PAPER PRESENTATIONS
  • Meeting the Varied Needs of Master’s Program Graduates in Music Education. (Co-presenter with Conway, C., & Vaughan-Marra, J. C.) • American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 2017
  • Living a Double Life: The Listening Practices of Undergraduate Music Education Majors • Seventh Annual Michigan Music Education Research Symposium, Michigan Music Conference, January 2017
  • CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
  • Marketing Your Music Program: What Can We Apply from the Business World? • Michigan Music Conference, January 2017 • Indiana Music Educators Conference, January 2017 • California All-State Music Educators Conference, February 2017
  • POSTER PRESENTATIONS
  • Factors Influencing Music Teacher Retention: A Case Study of Four Music Teachers Leaving Successful Music Programs • Instrumental Music Teacher Educators Symposium - Lightning Talk (PechaKucha) presentation, May 2017
  • Making the Case for Music in Our Schools: What can we apply from the World of Business Marketing? • B1G Academic Alliance Music Education Conference (formerly CIC), October 2016
  • Podium Proficiency: Fundamental Concepts of Effective Conducting • Michigan Music Conference, January 2017 • California All-State Music Educators Conference, February 2017
  • Making the Case for Music in Our Schools: The Past, Present, and Future of Music Advocacy • California All-State Music Educators Conference, February 2017
  • Living A Double Life: The Listening Practices of Music Education Majors • Michigan Music Conference, January 2016 • California All-State Music Educators Conference, February 2016