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Dr. Linda Marcel
Professor, Music Coordinator
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Please list your academic & professional credentials: 

Ed.D., Columbia University
M.M., Crane School of Music, SUNY at Potsdam
B.M., Brigham Young University

Dr. Linda Marcel has been teaching at Bergen Community College since 1987. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she serves as the coordinator of the music discipline, and manages the applied music program at the college. She is the founder of the Paul Marshall Memorial Scholarship; a foundation scholarship that sponsors one student per year majoring in music at the College. She is the co-director of the Distinguished Artist Series, a bi-annual program featuring internationally acclaimed musicians.
Annual performances include: Ars Nova (2000- present) a series exploring thematic music presentations such as 20th century American music composition, jazz, and world music, and Ars Electronica (2000-present) a series that explores 21st century music presentations using multi-media and electronic music. Performances are held at Bergen Community College and New York University.
Her publications include a text for music appreciation; Discover the Power of Music Listening. She has presented at the National Conference of the College Music Society, on the topic: The Bergen Community College Music Program–Positioned to Reflect a Global 21st Century Perspective. Quebec City, Canada November 2005. She was awarded the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development-(NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award 2005, and was chosen for the Princeton University Mid-Career Fellowship Program 2005-2006. Her name and biography appears in the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board.

What made you decide to become a faculty/staff member: 
At a very young age, I felt that school was the place that made me the happiest.

How do you personally define success in the learning outcomes of your students? : 
When students achieve a fair degree of compentence in the performing skills they are striving to attain, I consider that success. In courses like music appreciation, success can measured by their abilities to comprehend and engage a musical work.

What have you learned from your students?: 
Each and every student counts.

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