Brenda Wilder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Brenda Wilder is a Assistant Professor of Music at Tougaloo College, Private Piano Instructor, and Church Pianist. Dr. Wilder received a Bachelors of Music Education from Mississippi State University, a Masters of Music Education from Mississippi University for Women, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a state officer and executive board member for the Mississippi Music Teacher's Association (MMTA), local chairman for the MMTA pre-college auditions, Executive Board Member for Music Forum of Jackson, and Chairman for the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival.
In 2011 Dr. Wilder received an ARCH grant to research "The Effects of Music for Mental, Emotional, and Physical Healing of Residents on the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coasts Following Hurricane Katrina," which has been chosen for presentation at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts and Humanities in January, 2012. Dr. Wilder also received a Mini-Grant in 2011 to research "Critical Thinking and Analytical Reasoning Skills for Composition in Theory IV," and recorded a video of her students displaying Critical Thinking and Analytical Reasoning. She was a Presenter at the Tougaloo College 2011 Annual QEP Mini-Conference on the topic, "The Use of Critical Thinking and Analytical Reasoning with the Millennial College Student." She was the recipient of an award for "Most Participation of Faculty in Workshops, Webinars, DVDs, and Other Presentations" at Tougaloo College in August, 2011. Her music booth won a second place award at the Tougaloo College "High School and Community College Day" in October, 2011, and she was the recipient of a second place award for Student Recruitment in October, 2011.
Several of Dr. Wilder's articles have been printed in national publications such as Pedalpoint and Church Musician Today, including an article about technology in her piano studio. She is listed in the 2000 Edition of Who's Who of American Women and was a featured performer in Jackson, MS, for a National Steinway Tour in 2002.
Dr. Wilder has served on faculty at Music Weeks in Glorieta, New Mexico, and Ridgecrest, North Carolina, for the Southern Baptist Convention and on faculty for the Mississippi Piano Camp at Hinds Community College. She has served as a National Piano Guild Adjudicator in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Colorado, Nevada, Alabama, and Connecticut, as well as adjudicator for numerous piano festivals. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Hinds Community College and Belhaven University.
Dr. Wilder resides in Clinton, Mississippi, with her husband, Don. They have two children and eight grandchildren.