Dr. Goldberg is a Professor in the School of Arts at California State University San Marcos and Executive Director of Center ARTES. She teaches classes related to music, and learning through the arts. Her publications include the books, Arts Integration: teaching subject matter through the arts in multicultural settings (4th edition, Pearson); Teaching English Language Learners through the Arts: A SUAVE Experience (2004, Allyn and Bacon); and Arts as Education (1992, Harvard Educational Review). She is the recipient of Federal grants including Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination grant from the DOE Office of Innovation and Improvement, Spencer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur grants, California Arts Council, and Fulbright-Hays Foundations grants relating to her work with arts in the schools. Merryl is also a professional saxophonist and recording artist. She toured internationally for 13 years with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and has recorded over a dozen CDs with major labels. She received her undergraduate degree from New England Conservatory of Music and her Doctorate in Teaching, Curriculum and Learning Environments, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Goldberg is co-principal investigator on the DREAM (Developing Reading Education through Arts Methods) project http://dreaminstitute.wordpress.com/
and regularly speaks at national, statewide, and local conferences on the need and benefits of arts in education.