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


Melinda Smashey
Melinda Smashey Jones
Melinda Smashey
Associate Professor of Music
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Avenue,
120 Casebolt Music Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Courses taught: Applied piano, music theory, piano pedagogy, piano literature

Why do you enjoy teaching at SBU? "I really appreciate the opportunity to build relationships with my students and colleagues here."

Educational Background: Dr. Smashey Jones earned a Bachelor of Music degree at SBU; and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

Professional activities: Dr. Smashey Jones is active as a piano soloist and accompanist, and maintains a private studio of pre-college piano students. She is the pianist for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, Missouri. 

Church activities: Dr. Smashey Jones attends University Heights Baptist Church, Springfield, Missouri, where she serves as pianist.