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Music Education

Marci Major

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Music Education

Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2739
Fax: 610-436-2873

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Assistant Professor - Music Education

250, Swope Music Building


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.M., Michigan State University
  • B.S., West Chester University

Curriculum Vitae

Marci Major serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at West Chester University, PA, where she teaches choral methods, intro to music education and graduate classes, works with student teacher observations, and teaches a service learning class in collaboration with the Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus. Additionally she directs an ensemble with the Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus.

As an active researcher, Dr. Major's primary research interests encompass the economics of music education in today's public schools, and choral music in the middle levels. She has had her research accepted for publication in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Studies in Music Education, the Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, the Missouri School Music Magazine and the Maryland Music Educator's Journal. Additionally, Dr. Major has presented her research at state, national and international conventions, including NAfME National Conferences and ISME International Conferences. Dr. Major balances her research interests with the roles of clinician, adjudicator and conductor by giving teacher preparation workshops through and conducting honors choirs locally and across the nation.

Dr. Major earned her B.S. in music education from West Chester University, her M.M. in choral conducting from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in music education from The Ohio State University. Formerly Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the University of Missouri, Dr. Major taught choral materials and methods, conducting and rehearsal techniques, psychology of music, and conducted MU's Concert Chorale. Dr. Major also served as the Artistic Director for the community choir Columbia Chorale, and co-directed the Choristers ensemble of the St. Louis Children's Chorus. Prior to her appointment at MU, Dr. Major taught middle and high school choir in Michigan, and later served as a graduate teaching associate at The Ohio State University.