Carla Piper Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Carla Piper, Ed.D.



Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs




Dr. Carla Piper is a professor in the School of Education. She earned her Ed.D. from the University of the Pacific in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Music Education and Educational Technology in 1999. She completed an MA in Early Music from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Nebraska. She taught for several years and then began composing and recording music for a number of publishers including Children’s Television Workshop, Sesame Street, and Zoo-phonics. After twenty years of free-lancing as a musician and producer in the San Francisco Bay area, she returned to teaching music and Title I language arts in the central valley.

Working with at-risk students stimulated her interest in the computer as a creative vehicle for helping students develop language arts and math skills. Dr. Piper started at Chapman as the Modesto multiple subject faculty in 1998, and then moved to the single subject program in 2000. She began developing online and blended classes in 2001 and was a founding member of the Brandman iDEAL engaged learning team. She has served as an instructional designer and LiveText assessment coordinator for the Brandman University School of Education. Dr. Piper’s research interests are focused on integrating technology into teaching and learning, digital portfolio assessment, blended and online pedagogy, and promoting creativity through the arts in education. 


  • Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Arts Sciences Music and Visual Arts


University of the Pacific, Stockton, California - 1999
Ed.D. in Curriculum Instruction with Emphasis in Music and Technology Education 
Dissertation: Electronic Portfolios in Teacher Education

Stanford University, Stanford, California - 1972
M.A. in Early Music (Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque)
Thesis: Italian Lute Frottola of the 15th and 16th Century

University of Nebraska, Lincoln Nebraska - 1966
B.M.E. Bachelors in Music Education  
Pre-K-12 Education, Brass, Piano, and Composition

Scholarly Activities

Piper, C. Chapter Author

Chapter III - Music, Making Connections with Music and Literacy. 7-8-9, Poetry, Song, and Rhyme: Listening, Language, and Learning. Ed. Neufeld, S. & Shawkey, J. California Reading Association. Costa Mesa, CA.

Measuring technology proficiency of students’ participation in a Technology Innovation Challenge Grants (TICG) program: Instrument validation for program evaluation purposes.

Hackett, R.K, Piper, C., Russell, M.

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, Illinois.

Professional Experiences

Chapman University, University College, and Brandman University
Professor in the School of Education

University of the Pacific, Stockton, California Adjunct Professor: Music Theory, Educational Technology, and Social Studies/Visual Performing Arts 1990-1998
Teacher: Music, Title One Language Arts, and Lead Technology Teacher

Empire Elementary Schools and Cabrillo Unified Schools (California) and Lincoln Public Schools (Nebraska)
Teacher: Music, Title One Language Arts, and Lead Technology Teacher

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