Cynthia Marten taught elementary music for 35 years, most recently in Ames, Iowa. She received her B.M.E. from Wartburg College in 1976 and her M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1981. She has additional training in Orff and completed her levels in Kodaly training at St. Thomas University.
While teaching in Ames, she was very active in promoting interdisciplinary projects within her buildings and writing grants to provide additional experiences in the arts for her students. She has been a cooperating teacher for many Iowa State, Wartburg and Morningside elementary music student teachers and last year supervised four student teachers from Iowa State University.
Music 265 for elementary teachers at Iowa State is the first in the country to be based on the Affirming Parallel Concepts strategy. This strategy allows for practicing reading and math skills through singing and playing singing games. Cynthia has presented workshops on this strategy for the Wisconsin and Iowa Music Educators Conferences.