“Where your passion becomes your future”
- Music Education—Vocal/Choral (P–12)
- Music Education—Instrumental (P–12)
Educator Preparation: Music (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 Teacher Education in the School of Teacher Education and Sport Science.
Interested in music?
Music at Huntingdon
A complete, NASM-accredited music curriculum within a liberal arts education offers Huntingdon Music and Music Education majors the best of all worlds. The Music major provides a strong foundation in music theory; auditory skills (sight reading and ear training); music history; a performance concentration in voice, keyboard or instrumental music; and vocal or instrumental ensemble participation (band or choir). Music Education majors complete the requirements for the Music major as well as Teacher Candidate clinical experiences to become eligible for 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 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:
- The Marching Scarlet and Grey
- Concert Choir
- Huntingdon Winds (Concert Band)
- BallHawks Pep Band
- Huntingdon Harmony (Jazz/Show Choir)
- Various vocal and instrumental ensembles are formed from within the Concert Choir, Huntingdon Winds, and Marching Scarlet and Grey, according to student interest each year.
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. 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
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)
- Educator Preparation in either choral or instrumental music—or both!
- Abundant performance opportunities for singers and instrumentalists
- Pre-Service Teacher Candidate clinical experiences 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 through all levels of theory and sight singing
- Numerous practice studios in Smith Music Building
- Excellent placement rates into graduate music programs or worship leadership or music teaching positions
- Successful graduates who are professional musicians in the areas of performance, education, music therapy, worship leadership, 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
- Study in the Hobbs Honors Program for qualified students
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; Leo J. Drum Jr. Theater in the Cloverdale Administrative Building; as well as on Top Stage on the Green, W. James Samford Jr. Stadium, or Catherine Dixon Roland Arena.
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.
- Jennifer Canfield, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choirs
- James Conely, Ed.D. Adjunct Instructor of Music, Organ and Piano
- Curtis Hollinger, M.M.Ed. Adjunct Instructor, Clarinet, Woodwinds
- Rusty Logan, D.A. 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
- Wayne Sigler, M.M. Adjunct Instructor, Worship Leadership (alternate years)
- Eddy Williams Director of Bands, Instructor of Music
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.