Anna Halliday joined the faculty at the University of Montevallo in 2012 after receiving her Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, she taught Orff Schulwerk music classes at the DuBard School for Language Disorders and Basic Music Skills for elementary education majors. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from The University of Georgia.
Dr. Halliday began her career as an elementary music educator in 1995, taking a curricular approach grounded in Orff Schulwerk processes. She completed Orff training in levels 1, 2, and 3 at the University of Kentucky, as well as several advanced Orff workshops in curriculum, theater, and movement. Her choral groups have performed at civic, school, and community functions, and she has been an instructor with the Chattanooga Boys Choir summer camp program since 2006. In 2001, she was selected as one of five finalists for Clayton County Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Halliday has presented workshops with the Atlanta Area and Southern Appalachian chapters of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and the University of New Orleans Level I Orff certification training course. In addition, Dr. Halliday has presented research findings at the American Orff-Schulwerk Association annual conference, the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, the International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education conference, the University of North Texas Graduate Research Symposium, and The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate Research Symposium. She has been awarded the Top Departmental Paper at The University of Southern Mississippi, and was recognized as the Yarborough Scholar for the College of Arts and Letters at USM. Her research interests include the phenomenological exploration of student engagement in the Orff Schulwerk music classroom, working specifically with special learners.
Dr. Halliday is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, the American Educational Research Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Kappa Delta Pi.