Assistant Professor of Music Education
Dr. Webb Parker is Assistant Professor of Music Education at The University of Southern Mississippi where he teaches course in choral music education. Prior to his appointment at USM, Dr. Parker was a graduate teaching fellow in music education and choral conducting at the University of Oregon where he received his PhD in Choral Music Education with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. While at the University of Oregon, Dr. Parker conducted Concert Choir, the University's largest, non-auditioned ensemble. He also taught classes in vocal pedagogy, music in the elementary classroom, choral conducting, and choral music methods. Dr. Parker was honored with the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for his ensemble conducting in the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon.
Prior to his tenure at the University of Oregon, Dr. Parker served as Director of Choirs at Buckhorn High School in New Market, Alabama where his choirs consistently received superior ratings at district and state festivals. While at BHS, Dr. Parker was honored to be named the 2007 JROTC Teacher of the Year. Dr. Parker has also held music specialist positions on the middle school and elementary levels.
Additional university degrees include a master's degree in music education from the University of Alabama under the tutelage of Dr. Julie Skadsem and a bachelor of music degree in church music at Samford University where he studied with Dr. Milburn Price.
Active as a clinician, Dr. Parker has conducted clinics and presentations in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, California, Michigan, and Oregon. Dr. Parker is also published in the Oregon Music Educators Journal.
Dr. Parker's research interests include choral pedagogy, specifically the use of imagery and motion as pedagogic tools and well as extra music factors influencing adjudication scores and the effects of medications on the human voice. Dr. Parker's dissertation is entitled: The effect of metaphoric-image, motion, and a duel modality approach on the percesption of vocal tone.
Outside the university setting, Dr. Parker is actively involved in church music having served as Minister of Music in Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches in Alabama and Oregon.
An avid college football fan, when not studying choral music pedagogy, Dr. Parker can be found on the sidelines cheering on the Golden Eagles. SMTTT!