Born in Barcelona, Marta Casals is a musical artist, a cultural manager, a teacher and a researcher. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology (Cum Laude) from the University of Barcelona (UB, 2018), she has an MA in Cultural Management (UOC 2013) and an MA in Humanities: art, literature and contemporary culture (UOC, 2016). She also holds a degree in Music Education (UAB, 2010).
Her doctoral thesis conducts a sociological analysis on the processes of professionalization and artistic work in the musicians of modern music and jazz of Barcelona. Her main areas of research are the sociology of culture and the arts; studies on artistic professions; design of projects in cultural management; research in artistic fields, among others. She has participated as a speaker in different international congresses (Switzerland, Austria, Uruguay, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Spain). She currently teaches at the University of Barcelona, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, the Superior School of Music of Catalonia and the School of Performing Arts and Musical Production (Esart).
She studied jazz piano and singing. She composes, interprets and directs the musical kids show "Maila, a world of stories through music", which has stepped scenarios all around Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, Andorra, Argentina and Uruguay. In 2014, she published the first self-titled album and the Spanish album in 2016. In addition, as a principal performer, she has also participated in various albums, including book-album Cançons de Bressol (PAMSA, 2012) or the narration for the work song Cançó de Nadal, de Charles Dickens (PAMSA, 2013).
Since 2004, she works as a music teacher in different schools in Barcelona, being a professor of Music for Babies, Musical Language, Instrumental Ensemble, Choral, Voice and Piano. Currently she co-directs "Sonall, música per a nadons" ("music for babies") along with Gemma Rafecas, offering workshops and music courses for babies. In July 2018 the premiere of the first Sonall album was released.