Position: Interim Dean; Charlotte A. & Verne E. Collins Endowed Professorship; Professor, Music (Music Education)
Pronouns: he, him, his
Location: Ruebush Hall, Room 108
Phone: (540) 545-7349
Employed Since: 2006
Conservatory Professional Highlights:
Jeffrey Marlatt is Interim Dean and Professor of Music (Music Education) at Shenandoah Conservatory. Dr. Marlatt has held a faculty appointment in music education since 2006 and was named as a recipient of the Charlotte A. and Verne E. Collins Endowed Professorship in Music in 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in music education from Temple University; Master of Music in music theory from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Music in music education from Butler University. Prior to his appointment as Interim Dean, he held various leadership roles at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
Dr. Marlatt is passionate about music teaching and learning and strives to be a better teacher every day. He joined the conservatory faculty after 18 years of teaching in elementary, middle school, high school and collegiate music programs in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. His teaching includes both public and independent school settings.
As Senior Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Marlatt supported the work of over 120 conservatory faculty members; championed curricular innovation across 26 degree programs in music, theatre and dance; and supported the day-to-day operations of the conservatory. He previously served on the Faculty Senate of Shenandoah University, the University Curriculum Committee and oversaw accreditation processes within the conservatory. Prior to his appointment as Senior Associate Dean, Marlatt served as Director of Music Education and Assistant Dean for Student Learning.
In his role as Director of Music Education, he oversaw the revision of the undergraduate program to include an ambitious sequence of courses designed to develop musician teachers as leaders and learners. Under his leadership the music education program boasted a 100% placement rate. He also implemented a home school association partnership and while working with over 100 alumni and faculty donors oversaw the creation and dedication of the Collins Music Learning Suite. Dr. Marlatt has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and advised research projects for doctoral and master’s students.
In his role as Assistant Dean for Student Learning, Marlatt guided unit and program level assessment plans. Creating a framework for assessment strategies in music, theatre and dance, he led the conservatory’s effort to design and implement student learning outcomes, curriculum maps, end-of-program assessment plans and continuous improvement plans across 26 conservatory degree programs.
Dr. Marlatt is an active clinician, conductor and adjudicator and has appeared as a presenter at state, regional, national and international music education conferences. He has served as the Virginia Music Educators Association Conference coordinator, as facilitator for the Society for Music Teacher Education’s curriculum ASPA, and as co-chair of the 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education. His research interests include musical identities, music teacher education and the practice of assessment. He is published through Oxford University Press and GIA.
B.M., Butler University; M.M., Northwestern University; Ph.D., Temple University
“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.” – John Dewey (1859–1952)
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
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American Choral Directors Association
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