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BrightDr. Jeff Bright

Head and Professor of Music

Music Department
Witherspoon, Room 106
407 West Q Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 968-0369
E-mail: jbright6@atu.edu

Education

BSE - University of Arkansas
MED - University of Arkansas
PHD - Univ of Oklahoma Norman Campus

Recently Taught Courses

MUS 1000 - RECITAL ATTENDANCE
MUS 1042 - APPL MUSIC/TUBA
MUS 1531 - BRASS ENSEMBLES
MUS 2003 - INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
MUS 3000 - RECITAL ATTENDANCE
MUS 3531 - BRASS ENSEMBLES
MUS 4993 - SP: MUSIC/ELEM CLASSROOM
MUS 5803 - HIST AM MUS:JAZZ/FOLK

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

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 school year. 

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.

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