Mark C. Adams

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Sidney, Nebraska

Mark C. Adams is a PhD candidate in music education at Michigan State University, studying in the ethnomusicology cognate. Mark has taught vocal, instrumental, and general musics in Arizona, Nebraska, and Wyoming, as well as a songwriting course at Michigan State University. Outside of the classroom, he wrote and produced one full-length record of his own, All the Way Let Go, and one collaborative EP, A Moment Vanishing, and additionally has been a featured musician on three musical artists’ albums (Stewart John, On the Inside (2009); Tim LeVan Miller, Tim LeVan Miller (2010); Daniel Christian, Hold Your Breath (2010)).

Mark’s current research interests include vernacular and popular music making cultures, disrupting normalized music education practices in the United States, and various topics found in music sociology and psychology. He has presented at state conferences in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wyoming; collegiate conferences in Michigan; the 2015 NAfME National In-Service Conference; the 2015 Ann Arbor Symposium IV: Teaching and Learning Popular Music; and had two research posters featured at the 2016 NAfME Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. He was awarded the 2011 Activities Sponsor of the Year for Campbell County School District (Wyoming), and was district nominated for Wyoming Teacher of the Year in 2012. Mark received his Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.