Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Kevin Gunter

Lecturer

Kevin Gunter serves as the Class Piano Coordinator at Southern Methodist University, where he instructs music major and non-music major undergraduate and graduate students. Gunter holds degrees in piano from Samford University and Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Dr. Betty Sue Shepherd and Dr. David Karp, respectively. He also maintains an award-winning studio of pre-college students in SMU's Piano Preparatory Department and is sought after as an adjudicator for local piano festivals throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

Gunter is an active musical director and performer in the Dallas theatre scene. He has given hundreds of performances in over 30 different productions at theatres such as Uptown Players, WaterTower Theatre and Lyric Stage.

Gunter is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, as well as the Texas MTA and Dallas MTA. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the professional men’s music fraternity, as well as Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Tau Delta. In May 2005, he the received the Roy and Sue Johnson Award from the SMU Division of Music for excellence in teaching.

During the summers, Gunter is a director of the Young Artists Institute, which hosts exceptional pre-college piano students from around the state of Texas. In summer 2009, Gunter celebrated the debut of one of his piano students at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago, Ill. Gunter was also featured in an issue of Samford University’s Seasons magazine.

Education

M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Southern Methodist University; B.M. in Piano Performance, Samford University

Professional Experience

Supervision of Class Piano Program, 5 years. Private Piano Instructor, including Samford University Preparatory Department and SMU Piano Preparatory Department, 10 years.

Teaching

PERB 1131 (First semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 1132 (Second semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 2131 (Third semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 2132 (Fourth semester Class Piano for music majors), PERB 1205 (First semester Class Piano for non-music majors), PERB 2205 (Second semester Class Piano for non-music majors), PIAN 3100 (Private Study: Piano)

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