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Carla Becker, EdD

Dr. Carla Becker currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Music Education/Music Education Program Coordinator. She teaches Music, Music Education, and Education courses. Dr. Becker’s passions reside in preparing K-12th Grade Creative, Culturally Competent, General and Instrumental Music Educators. According to Dr. Becker, most importantly, “I hope to cultivate creative thinkers.”

Dr. Becker received her Bachelors of Music Education/Percussion from Central Michigan University, her M.M in Percussion Performance with an Ethnomusicology emphasis from The University of Washington, and her Doctorate of Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Becker draws from her Ethnomusicology research, her percussion performance background and 18 years of teaching K-12th Grade music in Seattle Public Schools to inform her collegiate level teaching. She has participated in research in Ghana and Jamaica from which she developed multiple Orff lessons plans and teacher educator workshops. Being a percussionist has contributed to her teaching emphasis on percussive, rhythmic, world music, improvisation, and movement based pedagogies. Dalcroze Eurhythmics in one of the movement based pedagogies she uses in the classroom extensively, not only for elementary general music methods, but also in conducting, improvisation, and ensemble rehearsals. As a classically trained percussionist studying with the late Robert Hohner, recordings include Songlines and Lift Off from the DMP record label. Her interests emerged to more World Music, Jazz, and Popular Music performance mediums.

Dr. Becker’s research includes Global Music Studies, K-6th Grade General Music Pedagogies, Creativity, Instrumental Pedagogy, Performative Identities, Teacher Identity, Percussion Pedagogy, Mindfulness in Education, Creating Emerging Ensembles, and Arts Integration (STEAM).