Assistant Professor of Music, Marva Duerksen holds a Bachelor of Music (with greatest distinction) from Brandon University, a Master of Music from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. For her doctoral studies at the City University of New York, Duerksen was awarded a prestigious Gilleece Fellowship from the university, as well as a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Before coming to Willamette in 2001, she taught basic and advanced music theory and aural skills at Queens College, City College, and Hunter College, all of City University of New York, and at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she served as Visiting Professor of Music Theory for two years.
At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst she collaborated with her colleague, Carl Wiens on a pedagogical project that will culminate in an undergraduate textbook on musical form. Duerksen has presented papers at regional and international conferences. Her research interests include the history of musical analysis, intersections between musical analysis and philosophy, the pedagogy of music theory, and music of the Classical period.