Port Byron, NY
Herbert Marshall is Associate Professor of Music Education at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. He completed Music Education degrees at Michigan State U., Syracuse U., and Temple U., and taught for 11 years in public schools in upstate N.Y. At BW he is the classroom and early childhood specialist and teaches infant and toddler classes. A long-time student of Music Learning Theory, he teaches Instrumental, General Music, and Early Childhood workshops through GIML. He is published in ECMMA and MENC journals and contributed sections in textbooks from GIA, Roman and Littlefield, and Oxford. Dr. Marshall serves frequently as a clinician, consultant, adjudicator, and conductor. Locally he holds a stipendiary position with a church choir and is active in community and professional musical theatre.
Questions and answers
Why did you choose to teach at BW?
BW's innovative and experiential approach to learning appealed to me. In preparing people to be music educators, there can never be enough hands-on experience. We provide that for our students, as well as a very broad view of teaching and learning--from 3-months of age to senior citizens and people of diverse abilities.
What characteristics distinguish BW from other colleges/universities?
In my specialty we have a conservatory with high standards for musicianship and academics, but also a quite progressive view of all the different ways one might apply those skills to have a successful career. The college in general is a supportive place with bright, passionate people who make teaching and learning a pleasure.
How do you mentor students?
I try to meet the students where they are, learn about their aspirations, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and collaboratively plot a course that helps them achieve their goals. I strive to be an advocate for my students and advisees, while simultaneously providing objective and specific feedback about their achievement.
What do students like best about your class?
In no particular order, they like that class is active, relevant, incorporates humor, and often includes treats.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?
I've been teaching since Junior High, so that's hard to imagine. I suppose I'd be doing more performing and conducting, which is just another form of communicating and teaching through music.