Mississippi College

Michael Rushing

About Me

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 arts program serving the Clinton and Metropolitan Jackson area. He teaches applied piano, group piano, piano pedagogy, and related courses. 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. He is active as an adjudicator at local piano festivals and serves as treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. He has presented research at the 4th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in Taipei, Taiwan and at regional and local sessions of the College Music Society and Music Teachers National 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.

Class Schedule

Fall 2012

  • MUS 122P - Applied Piano
    TBA, TBA, Aven 203
  • MUS 125 BO - Music Appreciation (Online)
    TBA, TBA, Online
  • MUS 126 B - Piano Fundamentals
    MW, 11:00-11:50, Library; AV-3
  • MUS 6527Z - Graduate Piano Pedagogy
    MW, 2:00-2:50, Aven 203
  • MUS 121P - Applied Piano
    TBA, TBA, Aven 203
  • MUS 5497Z - Practicum in Piano Pedagogy
    TBA, TBA, Aven 203