Rhonda S. Hackworth, Associate Professor of Music, serves as Head of Music Education and Graduate Program Coordinator. She teaches graduate-level music education courses. Before joining the Ole Miss faculty, Dr. Hackworth taught at Rutgers University, Syracuse University, and UMKC. In those appointments, she served as Artistic Director of the Rutgers Children’s Choir and Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Children’s Choir.
Dr. Hackworth received a Ph.D. in music education/education at the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music and also holds an M.M. in vocal performance. Her primary research interest is vocal health for music teachers. She has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education. Dr. Hackworth actively presents research at international, national, and state conferences, traveling in the U.S. and to countries such as Greece, China, and Italy.
In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Hackworth also performs as an alto soloist in concert & opera settings with her most rewarding roles being wife to Matt and mother to Noah.