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Marci Major

Assistant Professor, Music Education
PhD, Ohio State University
office: 219 Fine Arts Building
fax: 573-884-7444
mailing address: 140 Fine Arts Building, Columbia, MO 65211

Dr. Marci Major, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Assistant Director of Choral Activities at the University of Missouri, 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. At the University of Missouri Dr. Major teaches choral materials and methods, conducting and rehearsal techniques, psychology of music, and conducts MU's Concert Chorale. Remaining active in choral music at all levels, Dr. Major also serves as the Artistic Director for the community choir Columbia Chorale, and co-directs 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 where she taught undergraduate music education classes and conducted university choral ensembles.

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, 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 the NAfME National Conference in St. Louis, MO and the ISME International Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. She balances her research interests with the roles of clinician and conductor by giving teacher preparation workshops, guest conducting, and clinicing choirs, locally and across the country.