Mark C. Adams is a Ph.D. 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. Additionally, Mark currently serves as a Graduate Fellow at Michigan State University’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
Mark’s current research interests include vernacular and popular music making cultures, as well as various topics found in music sociology and psychology. He has presented at state conferences in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, 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. Outside of the classroom, he has been a featured musician on three different musical artists’ albums (Stewart John, On the Inside (2009); Tim LeVan Miller, Tim LeVan Miller (2010); Daniel Christian, Hold Your Breath (2010)), in addition to writing and producing a full-length record of his own, All the Way Let Go, and one collaborative EP, A Moment Vanishing.
Mark received his Bachelor of Music In Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.