SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University

Questions? Contact

Martha Hicks, D.M.A.
Chair, Department of Music, and Professor of Music
(417) 328-1633


Jane Munson-Berg
Andrew Campbell
Robert Carney
Martha Hicks
Brian Hopwood
Terri Knupps
Melinda Smashey Jones
Robin Smith
James Tarrant
Jeffery Waters
Renee Waters

Faculty associates

Marc Baker - percussion
Alejandro Gonzalés Béltran - cello
Mark Bowdidge - organ
Regina Bruner - clarinet
R. Catherine Burgher - Higher Ground
Michelle Draper - flute
Delrae Glidwell - music education
Carol Harrison - violin, viola
Eric Jackson - french horn
Angel McGlasson - oboe
Sara Miller - piano, accompanist
Melissa Roberts - piano
John Strickler - guitar
Joe Wooderson - voice
Tim Wootton - trumpet


James Tarrant III
James Tarrant III, DMA
James Tarrant
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Studies
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Avenue,
Casebolt Music Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Courses taught: Chorale and Chamber Singers; Choral conducting; Music Methods and Materials for Teaching Middle and Secondary Schools; Choral Techniques; Music Industry I and II; Recording Techniques; Music Fundamentals; applied piano and conducting

Why do you enjoy teaching at SBU? "The department of music strives for excellence both in its students and faculty.  Whether it is in performing or the classroom; we do not accept mediocrity. We truly strive seek to reflect Colossians 3:23"

Educational and Professional Background: Dr. Tarrant earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Cumberland College in piano, a Master of Music degree at Eastern Kentucky University in choral conducting and piano, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Memphis. Dr. Tarrant is active in the Missouri Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association. He regularly leads international performance tours for choral ensembles.  He has been is a past director of the Missouri Music Men since 2007.  He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Pi Kappa Lamba. 

Faith dedications: Dr. Tarrant is a member of First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Missouri. Since 2007, he has served as organist for St. Paul United Methodist Church of Springfield, Missouri.