Music and Music Education
“Where your passions become your future”
- Music Education (P–12)
- Instrumental Music
Teacher Certification: Music (Instrumental or Vocal/Choral, grades P–12)
Major requirements and course descriptions are outlined in the Huntingdon College Catalog.
Music at Huntingdon
A complete, NASM-accredited music curriculum within a liberal arts educational experience offers Huntingdon Music 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. In addition, students may become certified to teach at the P–12 levels in either vocal/choral or instrumental music through completion of specialized course work and student teaching experiences.
Music classes meet in Sybil Smith Hall, a building dedicated solely to classrooms, practice studios, a performance auditorium, and resources for music students. Offering individual and classroom instruction in theory, voice, ear and sight training, and instruments and a wide range of performing ensembles,
Hit the High Notes
Huntingdon offers a score of music ensembles that enable Music majors and non-majors to perfect their skills and to gain performance experience in solo and group settings and in competition, including:
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 the EMERGE band, the Chapel Praise Band, and other praise music opportunities on campus. Those who thrive on competition may compete at the regional and state level in solo or ensemble settings.
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
- Concentrations in voice, piano, or instrumental music and in worship leadership
- Abundant performance opportunities
- 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 state-of-the-art 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 Hall
- 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 Grants or Scarlet and Grey Grants
- Strong liberal arts core curriculum emphasizes communication and critical thinking skills
- Departmental Honors and Honors Program
Well-equipped music studios and practice facilities in Sybil Smith Hall and one of the largest music archives in the Southeast combine to serve Music majors well. Performance spaces include Delchamps Recital Hall in Smith Hall; Ligon Chapel in Flowers Hall; and the 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. The Huntingdon music faculty administer the Huntingdon Academy of Music, a program for developing musicians of all ages, in which highly qualified Huntingdon students may teach.
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.
Assistant Professor of Music, Choral Music Education
Director of Choirs
- James Conely, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Music, Organ and Piano
- Gene Davis
Assistant Professor of Music, Voice
Director of Choirs
- Dennis Herrick, Ph.D.
Professor of Music, Brass
- Curtis Hollinger
Adjunct Instructor of Music, Woodwinds
- 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 Nishibun
Adjunct Instructor of Music, Voice
- Harald Rohlig, D.F.A.
Professor Emeritus of Music, Organ
- Vadim Serebryany, D.M.
Assistant Professor of Music, Piano, Music Theory
- Eddy Williams
Director of Bands
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.