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Becky Marsh

Assistant Professor of Music Music - JCA

Office Hours

Monday
  • from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Tuesday
  • from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wednesday
  • from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday
  • from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location

Lilly Hall 234

bmarsh1@butler.edu
317-940-6898

Dr. Becky Marsh is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Butler University. She holds the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education, with a choral conducting cognate, from Michigan State University. During her time at Michigan State, Dr. Marsh was awarded a university-wide Excellence-in-Teaching Citation. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Theory, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Prior to pursuing graduate degrees, Dr. Marsh served as a choral music educator in North Carolina. While there, the choral ensembles grew in both size and spirit, performing locally for the community and nationally as a part of the National Youth Choir. She initiated two student-led contemporary a cappella groups as well as a Choral Leadership Council designed to give students ownership and voice in their program. Additionally, she was the Music Director of Lexington Youth Theatre for three seasons, preparing K-12 students of various backgrounds as well as conducting pit orchestras of varying sizes and instrumentations for full-length musical theater productions.

An active presenter and guest clinician, Dr. Marsh has shared her scholarship and passion for teaching at local, state, regional, and national conferences and events. Her research interests include music teacher identity development, students’ acquisition of musicianship skills, and creative musicianship in the ensemble setting. Her dissertation, Observing the Observer: An Examination of Preservice Music Teachers' Initial Field Observations, examines the intersections of identity and initial field-observation experiences of preservice music teachers. Additionally, her co-authored review of Randall Allsup’s Remixing the Classroom: Toward an Open Philosophy of Music Education is published in Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education. Dr. Marsh continually strives for her work to inform music teacher education, support practicing music educators, and make music classrooms an inviting and inclusive space for all students.

At Butler University, Dr. Marsh teaches Foundations in Music Education courses, Teaching the Young Singer, Comprehensive Choral Music Techniques, various music education elective courses, and aural skills courses. She also serves as a co-advisor to Butler University’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education. In addition to her appointment at Butler, she serves on staff for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Dr. Marsh also sings and tours as a member of mirabai, a professional women’s ensemble dedicated to empowering women by expressing, through music, the full range of women’s experiences and narratives. She hopes to inspire music educators to envision and enact a culture of school music education that is welcoming to all students, functions as an integral part of the school community, and promotes lifelong engagement with music.