Carlotta Parr is a Full Professor of Music Education at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, where she also serves as the Chair of the Department of Music, and the Director of the Summer Music Institute (SMI). She served as the Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator from 2006-2014. In addition to teaching methods courses for undergraduate music education majors she also teaches core courses for the Masters of Science in Music Education degree program.
Dr. Parr primary areas of research are in arts integration and philosophy of music teacher preparation. She has published articles on arts integration in the Language Arts Journal and the Early Childhood Education Journal. She also co-authored a book entitled, Arts Together: Steps Toward Transformative Teacher Education with Beth Berghoff and Cindy Borgmann. Her research in music teacher preparation has been published in the Philosophy of Music Education Review. Dr. Parr is a frequent presenter at state, national and international conference in music education, language arts, and visual arts.
Prior to her move to Connecticut in 1998, she served as the Fine Arts Consultant for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Center for Program Development (1990-98), where she was responsible for coordinating curriculum and program development in music, visual arts, theatre arts, and dance/creative movement. In addition to these responsibilities, she was responsible for the development of student assessment in the arts. She was actively involved in the Indiana Music Educators Association, and has served as a guest conductor for Circle the State with Song (elementary and middle school choirs). During her two-year residency at Indiana University she assisted Dr. Mary Goetze with the University Children's Choir.
A native of Virginia, Dr. Parr was a public school music teacher (K-12) for 18 years for the Arlington County Public Schools, in Arlington, Virginia. During her tenure there she taught general music at all levels, choral music and guitar on the secondary level, and served as the Music Department Chairman at Washington-Lee High School for eight years.