Dr. Jeff Bright
Head and Professor of Music
Witherspoon, Room 106
407 West Q Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 968-0369
BSE - University of Arkansas
MED - University of Arkansas
PHD - Univ of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Recently Taught Courses
MUS 1000 - RECITAL ATTENDANCE
MUS 1751 - ORIENTATION TO MUSIC
MUS 2003 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
MUS 3000 - RECITAL ATTENDANCE
MUS 3531 - BRASS ENSEMBLES
MUS 4991 - SP: ORIENTATION TO MUSIC
MUS 4993 - SP: MUSIC/ELEM CLASSROOM
MUS 5803 - HIST AM MUS:JAZZ/FOLK
Dr. Jeff Bright is head of the Department of Music and Professor of Music at Arkansas Tech University.
Prior to his appointment at ATU, Dr. Bright served on the faculties of Western Kentucky
University in Bowling Green, Kentucky as well as Northeastern State University in
Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Dr. Bright’s primary duties while at WKU included directing
all athletic bands as well as the Symphonic Band, coordinating the graduate music
program as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in music education.
Prior to his appointment at WKU, Dr. Bright held the Director of Bands position at
Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he was responsible for
all band activities as well as teaching low brass applied lessons. His experience
spans thirty-one years of teaching music at the secondary and postsecondary levels.
High school ensembles under his direction consistently received superior ratings and
best in class awards. Dr. Bright has been recognized for his teaching excellence
by the Kentucky Music Educators, being chosen as the Third District College/University
teacher of the year in 2010 and also by his WKU colleagues who selected him to receive
the Potter College of Arts and Letters Teaching Excellence Award for the 2012-2013
Dr. Bright’s creative activities have led to presentations at both national and state National Association for Music Education conventions as well as at College Band Director’s National Association athletic band symposiums. In addition, he is a regular contributor to the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and has published music education research in Contributions to Music Education. Dr. Bright continues to maintain an active schedule as an adjudicator and clinician in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Bright holds bachelors and masters degrees in music education from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oklahoma. His professional affiliations include Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Fraternity, American School Band Directors Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Music Educators National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Bright is married to his wife Cindy. They have two daughters Sarah, a speech pathologist with the Rogers Public School District, and Rachel, a creative writing major at Arkansas Tech University.