Assistant Professor of Music; Director of the Taylor School at Mississippi College, Music
Michael Rushing serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Mississippi College. He oversees the Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and directs the Taylor School, a community music program serving the Clinton and Metropolitan Jackson area. He teaches applied piano, group piano, and piano pedagogy. He also maintains an active pre-college and adult piano studio through the Taylor School. Dr. Rushing promotes music education through community engagement, providing educational opportunities to underserved segments of the local community. Recent and ongoing projects include partnerships with the Mississippi School of the Arts, Mississippi Children's Home Services, and the Salvation Army.
Dr. Rushing holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy from the University of South Carolina. He also holds the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Mississippi College. Recent research presentations include sessions at the 4th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education
in Taipei, Taiwan, the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy, regional conferences of the College Music Society and conferences of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, Texas Music Teachers Association, and Mississippi Music Educators Association.
Former teachers include Edith Kitchens, Michelle Hegwood, Patricia Walston, Angela Willoughby, and Scott Price. Michael is a native of Crystal Springs, Mississippi and lives in Florence with his wife, Tara, and two children.