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Dr. Becky Halliday

Becky Halliday is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Montevallo, where she teaches courses related to teacher preparation, primarily in the area of early childhood music. In addition, she is the director of the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute, and a co-director of the Young Musicians’ Camp.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Halliday taught Pre-Kindergarten – 6th grade elementary general music in Georgia and Mississippi. As a graduate assistant at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), she served as the music educator at the DuBard School for Language Disorders, where she completed research studies that contributed to her dissertation work and provided the foundation for ongoing scholarship in the area of music for children with special needs. Her findings have been presented at state, national, and international conferences, including the Mountain Lake Colloquium, the National Association for Music Education Music Research and Teacher Education conference, and the annual conferences of the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), International Society for Sociology in Music Education, American Educational Research Association, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, and Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).

As an oboist, she performs with the Vallo Winds quintet, the UM Wind Ensemble and the UM Concert Choir, and as a freelancer in the Birmingham area. Through the UM Community School of Music, she teaches both private oboe lessons and a free musicianship class for area K-5 students.

An active contributor to state music education initiatives, Dr. Halliday has served as Higher Education President of AMEA and was a founding member of the Sweet Home Alabama Kodály Educators (SHAKE) chapter of OAKE. In addition, she was appointed to the committee for the 2017 revision of the Alabama Course of Studies for music, and has presented subsequent professional development workshops toward its implementation.

Dr. Halliday holds a Ph.D. from USM, and both the Master’s degree in Music Education and the Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from The University of Georgia.  She has completed Levels 1, 2, and 3 in the Orff approach, and Levels 1 and 2 in Kodály.