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
Kathy Brown
Andrew Campbell
Robert Carney
Martha Hicks
Brian Hopwood
Terri Knupps
Melinda Smashey Jones
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


Terri Knupps
Terri Knupps
Professor of Music
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Avenue,
121 Casebolt Music Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Courses Taught:  History of Western Music, Survey of Music Literature, World Music, Introduction to Music, Brass Methods, Brass ensembles, and applied low brass

Current Research/Professional Activities:   As a performer, Dr. Knupps has won numerous regional and state awards in competitions sponsored by groups including the Music Teachers’ National Association and the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. She is also active as a guest recitalist throughout the midwest  and the south. Furthermore, she was a founding member of the Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, MO in 2002. As a musicologist, Dr. Knupps has completed and presented research on the British and American brass band traditions and on the relationship between the music and ballets of Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland.  She plans to continue her research and seek publication and presentation opportunities.

I enjoy teaching at SBU because. . .  of the family atmosphere among the faculty and students within a Christian environment.  I believe SBU offers many of the opportunities of a larger school within a more close-knit, caring community. 

Educational and Professional Background:   A native of Magnolia, Arkansas, Dr. Knupps earned a D.M.A. in Euphonium Performance and a M.M. in Music History and Literature from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She also holds a M.M. in Euphonium Performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana and a B.M.E. in Instrumental Music from Ouachita Baptist University.

Faith Dedications:   Dr. Knupps is a member of a the First Baptist Church Orchestra in Bolivar.