Alan L. Spurgeon, Professor of Music, is Director of Music Education and Graduate Coordinator in Music. He teaches graduate level research and history and philosophy of music education courses. Now in his eighteenth year at Ole Miss, Dr. Spurgeon previously taught for eighteen years at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and prior to that taught vocal music in the public schools of Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.
A native of Missouri, Dr. Spurgeon holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Truman State University in Missouri, the Master of Music from the University of Arkansas, and the Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oklahoma. Additionally, he has completed level III training in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education from Colorado State University, and level III training in the Kodaly method of music education from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
He has served in leadership roles in the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC) as President of the Oklahoma Music Educators Association, as President-elect of the Southwest division of MENC, as President of the elementary division of the Mississippi Music Educators Association, and as Chair of the history research group of NAfME. He is a former board member of the Organization of American Kodaly Educators and is a former editorial board member of the Orff Echo. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.
Dr. Spurgeon 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 scholarly papers at conferences for many years. He has presented music education workshops throughout the United States. He is currently working on a book chapter on music education in Arkansas and a book on British Ballads he has collected in the Ozarks region of Missouri and Arkansas. His research areas are the history of music education in the United States and Anglo-American folk music.