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About Us

Dr. Jim Buckner


Welcome to the Henderson State University Department of Music web page. We are very proud of our students, alumni, faculty, and our long tradition of excellence! HSU is a special place – we are concerned with the success of every student, and we work very hard to help everyone develop their full potential.

The Department of Music has approximately 100 music majors and over 100 non-music majors who are studying virtually every degree offered by Henderson. Our music graduates are respected university and public school educators, composers, performers, and scholars. Our 15 full-time and 10 adjunct Music faculty members are highly successful in their individual careers, but their main focus is the growth of our students. It has always been this way – it is the Henderson Tradition. 

If you are looking for a college education, you will find great musical opportunities and wonderful scholarship offerings for both music and non-music majors to help you realize your dreams. We offer you: 

  • An outstanding education with Bachelor of Music degrees in music education, composition, and performance; the Bachelor of Arts degree; and a Music minor. We have been a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music for over 50 years. 
  • Performance opportunities, including: 

Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Symphony Band,
Concert Band, the "Showband of Arkansas"
Marching Band, Reddie Basketball Band

Concert Choir, Chamber Chorale, Women's Choir, Opera Workshop

String Orchestra, String Quartet

Jazz Ensembles
Brass Choirs, Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir, Woodwind Quintet, Clarinet Quartet, Saxophone Quartet

Percussion Ensemble


  • Applied lessons in virtually every instrument, voice, piano, and organ 
  • A state-of-the-art piano lab; 216-seat Harwood Recital Hall; 990-seat Arkansas Hall; departmental computer lab; and the Huie Library, which has a large CD and DVD collection and extensive holdings of music texts and scores 


We encourage future college students to contact us to become a part of our Tradition, and we ask our alumni to stay in touch – we value your success. Our reputation is built on you!

Dr. Jim Buckner, Chair

Salina Smith, Administrative Assistant
Russell Fine Arts Center
Rm. 153
(870) 230-5036



 “The undergraduate education in music that I received from Henderson has changed my life by opening doors for me both educationally and professionally. It prepared me for success by giving me the tools necessary to be a successful music educator. My BME achieved at Henderson afforded me opportunities for success in graduate and post graduate studies as well as professional advancement in addition to allowing my family and me the employment and thus financial security that is so precarious today without such educational opportunities. I am grateful to Henderson State University.”

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Kevin TaylorBachelor of Music - Education (Instrumental), 1982
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