Dr. Mark Adams will lead a discussion on songwriting and its application to mental health. Specifically, Mark will provide some basic insights into "why songwriting" (with a main discussion on music therapists' uses for emoting/reflecting/processing) and provide some light suggestions on how to start writing songs for yourself.
Mark C. Adams is the Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education at the University of Delaware, where he teaches courses in music education and graduate research methods.
Mark earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University in 2017. While attending Michigan State, Mark taught songwriting for music majors and non-majors of music, and served as a Graduate Fellow at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. He holds a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Education degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Dr. Adams' writing has appeared in Music Educators Journal and The Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States. He regularly presents at research and practitioner conferences at the state and national levels, including an invitation to give a day-long series of lectures on songwriting at the 2019 National Association for Music Educators National Conference. Later this year, he will present at the 2020 International Society for Music Education World Conference held in Helsinki, Finland.
Outside of the classroom, Mark is an active singer/songwriter and touring musician with writing, performance, and production credits on several full-length albums and EPs.