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


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 and was a founding member of the Fountain City Brass Band in Kansas City, Mo., in 2002. She has performed regionally with the Basso Profundo tuba/euphonium quartet and the Springfield Brass Choir. She continues to perform solo recitals and masterclasses throughout the South and Midwest. In 2011 she performed at the national conference of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors. As a musicologist, Dr. Knupps has completed and presented research on the British and American brass band traditions, as well as on the relationship between the ballets of Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. Most recently she presented, "What's in a Name?: Arthur Berger's Theory of Atonality as Neoclassicism" at the 2014 national conference for the College Music Society.

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.