Department of Music

The University of Mississippi

Faculty Profiles

Alan L. Spurgeon

alanAlan L. Spurgeon, professor of music, is director of music education and graduate coordinator in music. At the graduate level he teaches research, the history and philosophy of music education and elementary general music methodology including Orff and Kodály training. Now in his eighth year at Ole Miss, Dr. Spurgeon previously taught at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for eighteen years and prior to that taught vocal music in the public schools of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

A native of Missouri, Dr. Spurgeon holds the B.M.E. from Truman State University, the Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas and the Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. In addition, He has completed level III training in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education at Colorado State University and level III training in the Kodaly method of music education at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He has served in leadership roles in the Music Educators National Conference (NAfME) as president of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association and as president-elect of the southwest division of NAfME. He is currently chair of the history research group of NAfME and is President of the elementary division of the Mississippi Music Educators Association. He formerly served on the board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators as a representative of the southern region. Dr. Spurgeon serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and of the Orff Echo, the journal of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and is coeditor of the Southern Music Education Journal published at the University of Mississippi. He is the author of Waltz the Hall: the American Play Party (2005.) He has published numerous articles on a variety of topics in music education and has presented music education workshops throughout the United States. He is currently working on a book on British ballads he has collected in the Ozarks region of Arkansas and Missouri. His research areas are the history of music education in the United States and southern regional folk music.