Marsha Berman grew up in a home filled with music. Her mother sang and her father played, so she was encouraged to play piano. She took lessons until college, at which point she studied music at UCLA not knowing just what she wanted to do with her degree. She wrote a paper on music library studies and found herself attending UC Berkeley soon after on her way to earning her masters in library science. The degree was not rare in the 1940s, but most certainly not common in the west, which presented Marsha with many opportunities. She became a leader in the field and a strong supporter of the Southern California Chapter of the Music Library Association.
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