Parker Peterson, Music Student Ambassador
Excuse us while we brag on Parker. Parker excels both in classical music and in band. An honors student, he’s as skilled in writing essays as he is in playing etudes.
What is a “light bulb” moment you had in a class or a talk with a professor—when something from a project or class became clear.
When my saxophone professor and academic advisor, Dr. Adam Estes, had heard me play a rhythmic etude in my lesson for the week, he had asked me how I felt about my performance of the etude. I analyzed and rated my performance, and I progressively found things that I could correct within what I had played. Then Dr. Estes asked me to play the etude again, and I had fixed the problems he spotted. He said, “I’m not teaching you to make you a better student, I’m teaching to become your own teacher by giving you the gift of self-sufficiency within your practicing to prepare music.”
What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
My go to meal in Oxford is chicken and dumplings from Ajax Diner.
What is an especially memorable trip, research, internship, or other school-related but outside the classroom thing you have done?
The most memorable thing I have done is go to Houston, Texas, with the Pride of The South back in 2018. We got to perform in the same stadium as the Super Bowl was held the year before… aka where Lady Gaga had her halftime show in 2017.
What are you binge watching on Netflix or another platform?
Why did you decide to study your major?
Music has always been a part of my life. From a young age, I always loved to sing and dance, and I would even tap out notes my grandmother’s piano as early as I could touch the keys. Eventually was in band and took piano lessons, and over time I fell in love with music.
Why study your major at the University of Mississippi?
From the beginning, the music program at the University of Mississippi felt like home to me. From staff to students, people have always welcome and accepted me in open arms. As a musician and a person, I have never felt more comfortable in an environment where I am both challenged and loved.
Have you had an experience at UM that made you feel empowered to take a new step in your studies?
I auditioned for the wind ensemble and had to work many hours in preparation for the audition. I ended up making the ensemble and am the only tenor saxophone in the band.
Any particular support or encouragement you have received from a professor?
Once, when I was worried about understanding the material in Music Theory 106, I went to my professor’s office and he helped me understand the material we were learning and reminded me of an extra credit assignment I could do to boost my grade.