Danny Beard

Associate Professor of Theory

Danny Beard joined the faculty at The University of Southern Miss in the fall of 2005.  He is responsible for coordinating and teaching the core music theory and ear training curricula, in addition to upper level and graduate level music theory courses.  Prior to his appointment at Southern Miss, he was on faculty at Gordon College, Barnesville, GA, and at The Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. 


Dr. Beard has presented research papers at The Music Theory Forum at The Florida State University, Music Theory Southeast, The Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic, The Texas Music Theory Society, “Teaching Matters” (an interdisciplinary teaching conference) and co-authored a presentation at the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference with Dr. Jennifer Shank.  In 2004, he was honored by The Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic to receive the “Dorothy Payne Award” for the best student presentation.  In his “former life” as an engineer, he also gave presentations at the Georgia Pacific Corporation Environmental Conference and at the United State Environmental Protection Agency Region IV Hazardous Waste Minimization Conference (1994).


Away from Southern Miss, Dr. Beard is an active member at his church, enjoys road cycling, scuba diving and woodturning.  During the summer and fall, it is not uncommon to find Dr. Beard instructing marching bands.  He is happily married and is proud of his two sons.