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Music and Music Education

Concert Choir

Concert Choir

“Where your passions become your future”

Majors:

  • Music 
  • Music, Concentration in Worship Leadership
  • Music Education—Vocal/Choral (P–12)
  • Music Education—Instrumental (P–12)
Huntingdon Harmony

Huntingdon Harmony

Minor:

  • Music

Teacher EducationMusic (Instrumental or Vocal/Choral, P–12)

Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog. These programs of study are part of the Department of Music and Art in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Interested in music?

Music at Huntingdon

The Marching Scarlet and Grey

The Marching Scarlet and Grey

A complete, NASM-accredited music curriculum within a liberal arts educational experience offers Huntingdon Music and Music Education majors the best of all worlds. The major includes 43 hours in music, providing a foundation in music theory; auditory skills (sight reading and ear training); music history; a performance concentration in voice, keyboard or instrumental music; and ensemble participation in band or choir. Music Education majors complete the requirements for the major and a student teaching internship to become eligible for Class B certification from the Alabama State Department of Education. This certification allows one to teach P–12 levels in either choral or instrumental music. Music classes meet in Sybil Smith Hall, a building dedicated solely to classrooms, practice studios, a performance auditorium, music faculty offices, and resources for music students. Offering individual and classroom instruction in theory, voice, ear and sight training, and instruments and a wide range of vocal and instrumental performing ensembles, music hits the high notes at Huntingdon College.

A Symphony of Opportunities

Huntingdon Harmony

Huntingdon Harmony

Huntingdon offers a score of music ensembles that engage not only Music and Music Education majors, but also students who love music but who are completing other majors at the College.  Students can perfect their skills and gain performance experience in solo and group settings and in competition through participation in:

Students who are interested in performing as part of a praise worship team may audition each semester with the Office of Campus Ministries to be involved in various praise ensembles on campus.  The Worship Leadership concentration allows Music majors to combine two passions as they inspire others to lives of faith and hope through music and praise.  Those who thrive on competition may compete at the regional and state level in solo or ensemble settings.  Students may also work with prospective musicians through Huntingdon’s Honor Band opportunities.

Hit the High Notes at Huntingdon

The Marching Scarlet and Grey

The Marching Scarlet and Grey

Huntingdon has long been known for excellence in Music and Music Education.  The program offers:

  • National music accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • A concentration in Worship Leadership
  • Teacher Education in either choral or instrumental music—or both!
  • Abundant performance opportunities for singers and instrumentalists
  • Student teaching internships in local schools for Music Education majors
  • Weekly studio lessons—one-on-one instruction from experienced musician-professors
  • Piano proficiency training in Huntingdon’s Yamaha keyboard lab
  • Emphasis on student success from basic Music Fundamentals course work through all levels of Theory and Sight Singing
  • Numerous practice studios in Smith Music Building
  • Excellent placement rates into graduate music programs
  • Successful graduates who are professional musicians in the areas of performance, education, music therapy, and fine arts administration
  • Flexibility to combine the Music major with a second major
  • Judy Marley Montgomery Choir Awards or Scarlet and Grey Awards—generous scholarships for participation and performance
  • Strong liberal arts core curriculum emphasizes communication and critical thinking skills
  • Deeper studies through the Hobbs Honors Program

Exceptional Facilities

vocal recital

Taylor Claire Bean ’14 Senior Vocal Recital in Ligon Chapel

Well-equipped music studios and practice facilities in Sybil Smith Music Building and one of the largest music archives in the Southeast combine to enrich each Music or Music Education student’s learning, practice, and performing experience. Performance spaces include Delchamps Recital Hall in Smith Music Building; Ligon Chapel in Flowers Hall; the new Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater in the Cloverdale Administrative Building; as well as on Top Stage on the Green, on the field, or in Catherine Dixon Roland Arena.

Dedicated Faculty-Musicians

Members of the music faculty at Huntingdon are active professional musicians participating in community musical venues such as the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Montgomery Chorale, Montgomery Brass, Montgomery Madrigal Voices, and Cloverdale Wind Ensemble. The music faculty also serve as guest performers, conductors, adjudicators, and clinicians throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

Director of Bands Eddy Williams, center, with band students

Director of Bands Eddy Williams, center, with band students

  • Jennifer Canfield, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Music Director of Choirs Chair, Department of Music and Art
  • James Conely, Ed.D. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Organ and Piano
  • Dennis Herrick, D.M. Professor of Music, Retired; Trumpet (Adjunct Instructor)
  • Curtis Hollinger, M.M.Ed. Adjunct Instructor, Clarinet, Woodwinds
  • Rusty Logan, D.A. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Low Brass
  • Brenda Luchsinger, D.M.A. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Applied Horn
  • Kevin Manderville, D.M. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Guitar
  • Adam Murphy Assistant Director of Bands
  • Tiffany McGuire Nishibun ’04, M.M. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
  • Marie Robertson, M.M. Adjunct Instructor, Applied Brass
  • Vadim Serebryany, D.M. Associate Professor of Music; Piano, Music Theory
  • Wayne Sigler, M.M. Adjunct Instructor, Worship Leadership (alternate years)
  • Eddy Williams Director of Bands

Graduate Success

Huntingdon Winds

Huntingdon Winds

Huntingdon Music and Music Education alumni have been admitted to graduate programs at the Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, the University of Alabama, the University of North Carolina, the University of Oklahoma, and numerous other programs. Graduates have entered career fields from teaching and performance to music therapy and law.