John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, D.C.

National Workshop Presenter, 2000 - present

Marcia Daft creates original, arts-integrated education programs and travels throughout the United States presenting workshops and training institutes for teachers, arts councils, city and state leaders, and educational organizations. Her mission is to promote arts-based teaching.

National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C.

Arts Education Consultant, 1994 - 2010

Marcia Daft consulted with the National Symphony Orchestra to develop the model for educational booklets and recordings used to prepare young audiences to attend NSO performances. Since then, she has published more than twenty educational packages with the NSO.

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State Arts agencies and School Systems through the United States

Arts Education Consultant, 2000 - present

Marcia Daft develops educational materials and training programs for regional and state arts-in-education initiatives throughout the country. Project examples include a three-year initiative in Lawrence, Kansas Public Schools to train teachers in arts integrated instructional practices and create a statewide curriculum linking music and movement to language arts and mathematics.

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Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, VA

Master Artist, 1996 - 2006

Wolf Trap Master Artists create interdisciplinary, arts-based educational methods that teach pre-school learning objectives through the performing arts. Marcia Daft published her innovative work and presented her programs at national and international training programs and conferences.

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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Smithsonian Institution

Arts Education Consultant, 2000 - 2004

Marcia Daft collaborated with the web developers creating the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra website, and designed and wrote the site’s educational interactives.

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Smithsonian Institution Piano 300 Exhibition

Arts Education Consultant, 1998 - 2001

Marcia Daft served as education consultant for the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition celebrating three hundred years of the piano. She worked with the curatorial team to develop the conceptual framework for the exhibition as well as the exhibition script. Ms. Daft presented lectures and public performances on the historic instruments featured in this exhibition.

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Other Smithsonian Projects

The Electric Keyboard, National Museum of American History

Arts Education Consultant, 1999

Marcia Daft served as consultant for an educational series on the history of synthesizers and electric keyboards. She organized, scripted, and produced live, interactive television broadcasts from the Smithsonian Institution.

150 Years of America's Smithsonian

Director of Education, 1996-1997

Smithsonian’s 150th Anniversary exhibition first traveled to Japan and then toured the United States. Marcia Daft served as educational advisor to the curatorial team during the exhibition design, created the exhibit’s educational guide, developed interactive educational content for the exhibition’s CD-ROM. She also designed and implemented national educational outreach programs in conjunction with the traveling exhibition.

The Electric Guitar: Electrified, Amplified, and Deified

Arts Education Consultant, 1996

Marcia Daft served as consultant for joint project between the Smithsonian Institution and the Rock and Roll Museum and Hall of Fame, designing, scripting and presenting live, interactive video broadcasts from the Smithsonian.

Division of Cultural History, National Museum of American History

1992-1995 Music and Education Consultant

Marcia Daft created interdisciplinary educational programs connecting music, dance, history, language, and culture for the American Encounters program series. American Encounters featured African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American, and other community-based traditions.

Other Consulting

Discovery Channel Online School, Summer Productions

Arts Education Consultant, 1998

Marcia Daft consulted for Discovery Channel Online School, designing interactive music activities to support Discovery Channel school television programs. She also reviewed and critiqued Discovery programs for school-age educational content.

Time-Life Productions

Music Consultant, 1998

Marcia Daft served as music consultant for an interactive educational series on civil rights leaders, researching and arranging period music used to underscore video and CD-ROM products.

Qradio and

1998 Music and Education Consultant

Marcia Daft served as music consultant to Quincy Jones’ innovative South African cultural website, traveling to South Africa to research and review music content, and designing educational interactives about South African music for the website.