Kelly is a Lecturer in the Department of Education specializing in Arts Integration, Moving to Learn, Arts and Peacebuilding, and Arts Based Research. Kelly works with teachers, schools and organizations to effectively use the arts to reach all learners.  An experienced arts advocate, educator, and researcher, Kelly teaches courses on integrating the arts into the classroom as well as serving as a teaching artist at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts as well as in Burlington schools.


Becker, K.M. (2019). The U Process and The Nile Project: Presencing with music to address the water crisis in the Nile Basin Region. In O. Gunnlaugson & W. Brendel (Eds.), Advances in presencing (pp. 231-267). Vancouver: Trifoss Business Press.

Becker, K.M. (2019). Beyond researcher as instrument- researcher with instrument:  Musicking in qualitative data collection. Qualitative Research Journal, 19(4), 426-437. 

Becker, K.M. (2018). The Nile Project: Music making for peace in the Nile Basin  region. Music and Arts in Action, 6(1), 80-98.     

Garnett, B. R., Vierling, D., Gleason, C., Becker, K.M., DiCenzo, D. & Mongeone, L. (2017). A  mixed methods evaluation of the Move it Move it! before school incentive-based physical activity program. Health Education Journal, 76(1), 89-101.

Becker, K.M. (2016). The Nile Project: Creating harmony through music in the Nile  basin region (Doctoral dissertation). (Order No. 10090301). Available from ProQuest  Dissertations & Theses A&I.  (1779282468). Retrieved from https://search-proquest- com.ezproxy.uvm.edu/docview/1779282468?accountid=14679

Becker, K.M. (2016). The walking classroom: Active learning is just steps away!  Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 87(2), 20-26.

Becker, Kelly Mancini. (2013). Dancing through the school day: How dance catapults learning in elementary education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation &  Dance, 84(3), 6-8.

Awards and Recognition

The Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, finalist (2018)
Teaching Fellow, Fund for Teachers, Santiago, Chile (2006)
NEH Grant, The Shakespeare Institute (1995)

Kelly Becker

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Fine arts and education
  • Research methods
  • School transformation
  • Teacher education


  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy from The University of Vermont
  • MA in Theater History, Theory, and Performance from Brown University


Office Location:

Waterman 537