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


Robert Carney
Robert Carney
Assistant Professor of Music
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Avenue,
Casebolt Music Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Courses taught:  Applied Piano, Secondary Class Piano, Introduction to Music, Piano Pedagogy, Piano Literature, Sightsinging and Eartraining

Why do you enjoy teaching at SBU?  SBU is an ideal environment for building future musicians and educators:  it is an engaging atmosphere that challenges students to excel in a myriad of activities while also providing the encouragement needed to persist.  The faculty and students demonstrate a sincere interest in each other and their profession.

Educational and Professional Background: 
A versatile pianist and dedicated teacher, Dr. Robert Carney consistently finds unique and creative ways for approaching the concert stage and the piano studio. His concert programs frequently feature hidden gems in the piano literature, including contemporary works by American composers such as Corigliano, Menotti, Rzewski, and Liebermann.  While in the Dallas area, Dr. Carney built a large and successful studio with students receiving top awards in numerous local, regional, and international piano competitions.  Dr. Carney's doctoral research focused on defining a new pedagogical paradigm for integrating Web-based instruction with traditional instruction in the piano studio.

Originally from Kansas City, Dr. Carney completed his undergraduate studies at Missouri State University.  Also during this time, he pursued further studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. In 2002, Dr. Carney completed the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University.  While at LSU, Dr. Carney was awarded competitive teaching and accompanying assistantships and scholarships.  In May of 2010, Dr. Carney completed the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Texas where he had received competitive performance and academic scholarships.

As a soloist and collaborative pianist, Dr. Carney has performed throughout the Midwest, South, and East Coast. He has appeared as soloist with the Louisiana State University and Missouri State University Orchestras. Competitive performances have yielded numerous top prizes including first place in the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, first place in the Missouri Music Teachers’ Association State Competition, and special recognition as a Presser Scholar by The Presser Foundation.

Dr. Carney has served on the faculty of North Central Texas College and was Coordinator of Instruction at The Master's Touch School of Music, a large private music school in the Dallas area. He is in great demand as a clinician and adjudicator and has presented lectures to local music teachers associations.  Dr. Carney has been active in many professional organizations and most recently served as president of the Mid-Cities Music Teachers Association near Fort Worth.