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Music Education Faculty

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Rhonda Hackworth, Head of Music Education and Graduate Program Coordinator

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • MM Vocal Performance, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music
  • Dr. Hackworth’s research interests include vocal health for music teachers and music perception. Her work has been published in Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update, and International Journal of Music Education. Dr. Hackworth previously served on the editorial board for Journal of Music Teacher Education.
  • 915-7268, Room 150
  • E-mail:

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Elizabeth (Libby) Hearn

  • Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education
  • PhD, University of Alabama
  • 915-7268, Room 137
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Andrew Paney, Elementary Music Education

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • BMEd, Wheaton; MMEd, PhD, Texas Tech University
  • Dr. Paney’s research interests include aural skills instruction, technology in learning, and teaching primary music. You can read his research in top music journals including Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Psychology of Music, and International Journal of Music Education. He is currently President of the Southern Division of the Organization of American Kodály Educators, President of Kodály Mississippi, and serves on the editorial board of the Kodály Envoy.
  • 915-5441, Room 151B
  • E-mail:


Michael D. Worthy, Jazz Ensemble, Music Education

  • Associate Professor of Music
  • BME, MM, Southwestern Oklahoma; PhD, University of Texas
  • Dr. Worthy’s research interests include music teacher preparation, instrumental music education, and jazz education. His work has been published in the Journal of Research in Music EducationBulletin of the Council for Research in Music EducationJournal of Music Teacher EducationTeaching MusicGrove Dictionary of American Music, and the Oxford Handbook of Music Education.
  • 915-1277, Room 149
  • E-mail:


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Dianne L. Falkner, Music Education

  • Adjunct Instructor in Music
  • BM, MM, DA, University of Mississippi
  • 915-7268, Room 151A
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