“Most importantly, music as a catalyst helps the student find a way to relate to the literary message and encode language through sound. Pairing music with linguistic activities suggests that integrating music into college linguistic classrooms and virtual classrooms enables students to learn to read and write. Listening to instrumental music as well as songs with lyrics before and during lectures, presentations, and virtual lecture asynchronous lessons offers practical solutions to teachers.”
Maryann P. DiEdwardo

Artist, writer, speaker, and Adjunct Associate Professor for UMUC, Dr. MaryAnn Pasda DiEdwardo was born in the United States. MaryAnn has been participating in and promoting fine arts education since 1968 when she was invited to participate in the Governor’s School of Pennsylvania. The recipient of the Northampton Community College Project Aware Outstanding Service Award 1978, she is also an experienced qualified yoga instructor for and recently in 2011 performed a program for Yoga for Breast Cancer.She also performs demonstrations for other modalities. Tai Chi and Qigong achieves the same goals as other systems with more gentle and specific movements to enhance the body functions

Award Nominations at University of Maryland University College in 2012 include
a nomination for the 2012 UMUC Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award (Drazek award) and the UMUC Teaching Recognition Award (TRA), two important awards in the UMUC Faculty Award and Recognition Program. The objectives of this program are to:
Emphasize UMUC’s commitment to high quality adult education
Recognize faculty members who consistently show exceptional skill in promoting student learning and providing a quality education to UMUC’s adult learners
Identify a pool of talented, dedicated faculty members who can serve as faculty mentors
Encourage adult students to recognize and reward teaching excellence.
Not eligible at this time to accept, since she started teaching at UMUC in 2010 Fall; to be eligible to participate in the award process, a faculty member must have taught with UMUC for at least three years as of 8/31/2011 and a minimum of 30 credit hours.


She attended the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania when she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts. A Summa Cum Laude graduate and winner of the Carnegie Scholarship, she was Graduation Marshall for College of Arts and Architecture, President of Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi. Subsequently, Maryann earned her Master of Arts in English from Lehigh University.

A pioneer in the field of Distance Education, Dr. DiEdwardo created MaryannWriting from 1995-2003, a distance learning educational website for a global community. <br><br>In 2004, statistical results of her case study research suggest that pairing music and linguistic intelligences in the college classroom improves students’ grades and abilities to compose theses statements for research papers in courses that emphasize reading and writing skills (DiEdwardo 2004). In an initial study in 2003, she refined Howard Gardner’s (1993) definition of music as a “separate intellectual competence” and compared music intelligence to linguistic intelligence. As Howard Gardner suggests, “Very worthwhile. The next step is to figure out why you got the effects that you did. Is music motivational? Does it activate other brain centers? Does it have some kind of intrinsic link to linguistic capacities? Would the effect work the other way around, or with other materials (2004 email)?” Her article entitled “Pairing Linguistic and Music Intelligences” was published in the Kappa Delta Pi Record. Vol. 41, No. 3, Spring 2005, pages 128-130.

Maryann held positions as Northampton Community College as Adjunct Professor for Traditional and Distance Learning Departments; Adjunct Faculty for Lehigh Carbon Community College; Adjunct Faculty for Pennsylvania State University and De Sales University. She is former Adjunct Professor for Lehigh University. She has designed distance learning English 2 curriculum for Lehigh Carbon Community College. Beginning in 1981 and currently as well, she presents lectures for regional, national and international conferences on her research in education, art and writing, which has evolved to include cultural diversity, social justice, and nature writing. <br><br>The artist sends donations of books and art displays to the Child Life Program at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethlehem Pennsylvania, based on The Art of Trees Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse Publishing Company, U.S.A. 2007.

Recent art exhibits in the state of Pennsylvania include environmental eco-critical paintings depicting Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. A White Mountain painter, Dr. DiEdwardo supports fine art as a doorway to learning through her landscapes. In her work entitled “Mount Washington” she employs framing elements such as trees that lead the eye into depth.

With her co-author and sister, Maryann writes books to support The American Cancer Society. She has written over 20 works available with national press market in varied techniques of creative non-fiction and fiction to support art and writing as therapy, memoir, history of appaloosa, historical memoir of Pennsylvania residents, equine therapy for humans, history of the Nez Perce, and elderly horse care, also to support the causes of clean water, The Appaloosa Horse Club and the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

Articles, Book Reviews, Presentations

DiEdwardo Maryann. “Religion in Schools.” Book Review. The Educational Forum. Volume 74, Number 4, Oct. Dec. 2010.

DiEdwardo, Maryann. “The Need for Redistribution of Wealth.” Book Review. The Educational Forum. Volume 74. Number 2, 2010.

DiEdwardo, Maryann.”Cultural Diversity and the Empowerment of Minorities.” The Educational Forum. Volume 73. Number 3, 2009. Book
Review. Kappa Delta Pi, 2009.

DiEdwardo. “Pairing Music and Linguistic Intelligences.” Record, Vol. 41, No. 3, Spring 2005. Kappa Delta Pi, International Education
Honors Society.

DiEdwardo, MaryAnn Pasda. Architecture in the Homeschool. Susan Richman, Ed. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers International Newsletter, Issue 46,
Winter February 1994.

Presenter

CEA in Richmond VA 2012 International Conference
Presentation of a Paper and Chair for Pedagogy 8 on March 31, 2012: The New Curriculum of English Departments: Evolution or Intelligent Design? (University Teaching and Lines that Divide)
Title: The Short Story in the African American Literary Tradition with an Authentic Assessment: Transforming Teaching Methodology and Student Learning

Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching Washington, DC, June 2 - 5, 2011. Acceptance follows: "I am pleased to inform you that your proposal Blog and Wiki Journaling and E-Portfolios about Themes of Nature and Place Memory Engages Student Voices" has been accepted as a 40 minute presentation. Due to the large number of proposals for concurrent sessions and poster presentations submitted this year, we were able to accommodate only 59% of applicants primary requests following a peer, blind review process. Proposals came from 29 different states and 4 countries. Therefore, it is noteworthy that your proposal was accepted."

College English Association International Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. March 31, April 1 and 2 2011. “Writing Between Rivers Transforming Poverty through Writing Travel Journals and Juvenile Fiction”

Pennsylvania College English Association Conference (PCEA) Narratives of Travel and Navigation: English by Water, Air, Land, and Imagination. Erie Pennsylvania. March 2011. “Travel Journals of Thoreau with Attention to Themes of Nature, Transcendentalism, and Place memory as a Framework for Teaching English Composition and Writing Juvenile Fiction.” <br><br>
“Overcoming Poverty through Journaling.” Feminism in Practice Conference, Reflection, Action, Change. Lehigh University. November 2010.

“Writing Between Rivers.” The Passing Light. EAPSU Conference, English Association of the Pennsylvania State Universities A River Runs Through Us: Exploring the Poetics of Place. October 1-3, 2010.

Lilly Conference Washington, D.C. June 2010. “Music in the College English Classroom.”
<br><br>Pennsylvania College English Association. Spring 2010 Conference. “Social Justice: Novels of Charles Dickens and Maryann DiEdwardo.” Hotel Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Northeast Regional Comparative and International Education Conference, Lehigh University. Beyond Aid: Rethinking Approaches to International Development in Education, October 8 - 9, 2009. Cultural Diversity for Student Empowerment.

College English Association National Convention Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2009. “Pairing Music and Linguistic Intelligences.”

“Feminist Practice in the Art of Pocahontas Viewed Through Feminist Art Theory. Lehigh University. Feminism in Practice Conference, November 15, 2008. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“Hispanic American Literature Techniques Teach Language Skills in the Composition Classroom.”
West Virginia University’s Thirty-Second Colloquium on Literature and Film. September 11-13, 2008. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia.
“‘The Fourth R’ Hispanic American Literary Tradition.” Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2008 Annual Conference. “Celebrating American Literature.” April 10-12, 2008. State College, PA. Presenter and Session Chair.


Readings: Works of Creative Fiction in 2007 by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo and Patricia J. Pasda. Women’s Cancer Research Event Lehigh University. English Department. Drown Hall. Bethlehem, PA October 25, 2007.
“The Fourth R.” Pennsylvania State University ESL Conference Finding Our Voices: An ESOL Strategies Conference, September 22, 2007. Hotel Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“Latin American and Latina/o Studies Models Paradigms and Frameworks.” Northampton Community College Latino Conference. October 14, 2006.
“Pairing Linguistic and Music Intelligences in Technology Enhanced and Distance Classrooms.” Cedar Crest College Technology Symposium 2006 August
Lecturer for Montgomery County Community College Technology Conference 2004 October. "Music Transforms the College English Classroom."
Lecturer for Lehigh Carbon Community College Teaching Learning Center Lunch and Learn for Faculty Lecture and Video for Archives 2005
“Advanced Placement English Language and English Literature” for Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Annual Summer Conferences Harrisburg, PA 1998-2002.

Books
DiEdwardo and Pasda. Nature Journaling for a Peaceful Spirit. Xlibris: Bloomington, 2011.
DiEdwardo and Pasda. The Mythic Appaloosa. Xlibris: Bloomington, 2011. Juvenile Fiction Sequel to The Passing Light.
DiEdwardo and Pasda. The Passing Light. American Book Publishing. Due 2010. Genre: Juvenile Fiction. Parentless Irish immigrants, Jonathan and his sister Joan, flee Ireland during the Potato Famine to build a new life in American with the aid of Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and other immigrants. Follow their adventures as they find romance, the dangers of the wilderness, friendship, and a new life in America during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
DiEdwardo, Maryann. The Fourth “R” A Book to Promote the Journey through Hispanic American Literary History to Develop Language Skills. Bloomington, Indiana: Authorhouse, 2008. Review: “Dr. DiEdwardo's book is a ‘must have’ for all educators, especially for those who teach students of other languages. The book is simple, and its components are easy to follow. What I find particularly compelling about this book is the idea to use authors from the students' home country to enhance self-esteem and pride, in addition to creating individual voices. ” Toni Velleca, ESOL Teacher
Music Transforms the College English Classroom.
The Legacy of Katharine Hepburn, Fine Art As A Way of Life.
DiEdwardo, Maryann and Pasda Patricia. The Horse Keeper: The Healing Gifts of Painting and Writing about Horses. Philadelphia: Infinity Publishing, U.S.A. 2008.
The Art of Trees
Pennsylvania Voices Book I The Horse Prophet
Pennsylvania Voices Book II Appaloosa Visions
Pennsylvania Voices Book III Appaloosa Dreams
Pennsylvania Voices Book IV The River Keeper
Pennsylvania Voices Book V The Legacy of Allison
Pennsylvania Voices Book VI Collection of Fiction and Non-Fiction
Pennsylvania Voices Book VII Living Literacy through Technology and Music to Develop Self-Efficacy in Computer Enhanced College English Composition Classes
Pennsylvania Voices Book VIII The Artist’s Sketch Book
Pennsylvania Voices Book IX journaling, blog, wiki, tools for writers
Pennsylvania Voices Book X Writing Based on History: Techniques to Teach Writing through History
The Marvelous Nature Alphabet Book
Horses about Hope, the art of myth, legend, and graphic writing
On Healing: Inspiration through Writing, the writer’s voice.
Pennsylvania Voices On Healing: Cancer Survival Through Prayer, Painting and Writing. Orlando, Xulon Press, 2007.


Poetry
DiEdwardo, Maryann. Brown Bagazine 4. “Like the Snow.” Spring 2008. Tucker, Georgia: Gypsy Daughter. Editor, Any Lynn Hess. www.gypsydaughter.com “Spring Wind” “Cloud Shadow” “Gentleness” “Friend Frog” “Nutritious Fun” “Anointing” “Daffodil” “Dances” “The Gate” “Soar” were in a book co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo entitled Write a Book of Haiku that was recognized by Dan Poynter and first appeared in 1994. “Joseph” won Honorable Mention, first appeared in American Poetry Anthology Volume VI, Number 1, Spring 1986. “Growing Toward Death” semi-finalist, first appeared in The International Library of Poetry 2002.“Like the Snow” first appeared in Pennsylvania Voices Book Three co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo 2006. “Rivers” first appeared in Pennsylvania Voices Book Three co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo 2006. “The Day the Trees Spoke” first appeared the The Art of Trees co-authored and illustrated by Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo 2006.