Our doctoral students play a critical role in the music education community at MSU. Each of our students is highly experienced in their particular area of expertise, and make valuable contributions to the undergraduate and graduate programs in music education.
We consider our doctoral students to be "fixed-term junior faculty" colleagues, and believe that this approach to developing a "community of learners" assists our doctoral students in making the transition to collegiate faculty positions much more smoothly.
MSU Ph.D. students teach and assist with courses, observe student teachers and conduct independent research during their residencies. These experiences help them gain valuable collegiate teaching experience and preparation for the establishment of a scholarly agenda.
Adrienne Rodriguez is a Ph.D. student (Ethnomusicology Cognate) at Michigan State University. She earned her bachelor of music in music education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a masters degree in music education at the University of Miami. She taught elementary general music for 5 years in Tampa, Florida. She has taught early childhood music in many different settings for the past 10 years. Adrienne is also a private music instructor for voice, piano, and guitar. Her research interests include early childhood music instruction practices and musical home environment.
Latasha Thomas joined the doctoral community at Michigan State University in Fall 2016, and is currently a Ph.D student in music education (ethnomusicology cognate). She has earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin and Masters of Music from the University of Central Arkansas and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Music Performance and Music Education, respectively. She has taught general music and band in Tennessee for four years. Her research interests include LGBTQAI+ issues in music education, music education and social justice, and African American studies in music education.
Mark C. Adams is a Ph.D. student in music education at Michigan State University, studying in the ethnomusicology cognate. Mark has taught vocal, instrumental, and general
music in Arizona, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Mark’s most recent teaching position was in rural Wyoming, where he redesigned the instrumental curriculum to include new beginner courses and a Community
Band, as well as raised classroom enrollment to include over half of the school’s population to be involved in a form of music education. 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, in addition to writing and producing one full-length record of his own, All the Way Let Go, and one collaborative EP, A Moment Vanishing. Mark’s
current research interests include vernacular and popular music making cultures, music technology, as well as various topics found in music sociology and psychology. Mark received his
Bachelor of Music In Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Most recently, Mark had an article accepted for publication in the Music Educators Journal.
Amy Lewis originally hails from Kansas City, MO and is a Ph.D. student in music education at Michigan State University. Previously, Amy taught Kindergarten-8th grade general music, concert band, jazz band and choir in Des Plaines, Illinois. She also taught high school choir at Urban Prep Academy in Chicago, IL. During her time in Des Plaines, Amy was the 2015 Illinois Education Association Bob Haisman Teacher of the Year recipient and also received the “Those Who Excel Award Recipient: Excellence” as an Early Career Educator in October 2012 from the Illinois State Board of Education. She has facilitated many sessions at the Illinois Music Educator’s Conference in Peoria, IL with session titles including “How to Survive Your First Year Teaching” and “Common Core in the General Music Classroom”. Outside of the music classroom, Amy has been an involved member of the Illinois Education Association as an elected delegate to three Illinois Education Association Representative Assemblies and two National Education Association Representative Assemblies. She is a dedicated educator that believes in the abilities of all students and considers herself to be a lifelong learner.
Becky Marsh joined the doctoral community at Michigan State University in Fall 2015. She has earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has taught choral music in NC for several years.
Andrea VanDeusen is a Ph.D. student in music education (choral conducting cognate) at Michigan State University. Andrea has twelve years of secondary choral and general music teaching experience in public, private, and international schools in Michigan, New Jersey, and Switzerland. Andrea has been active in a number of professional organizations, including service on the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) board as Middle School State Honors Choir Supervisor and District 6 Manager. Andrea was on the voice faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lakes, Michigan and currently serves as the conductor of the Hillsdale Arts Chorale, an auditioned community chorale located in Hillsdale, MI. Andrea earned Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Western Michigan University. Her research interests include music teacher education, educational policy, and equity in music education.