SHMC’s professional and creative staff offers excellence in performing arts education. We strive for a high level of professionalism in every area of instruction.  We have been blessed to have access to the fine staff of Mississippi State University and First Baptist Church of Starkville along with the use of their band and choral facilities.

Our Instructors

     Christa McGrew  |  Music Adventurers

Christa McGrew is a home schooling mother of five with a background in early childhood education and a love for music. She has played flute for many years and has participated in various instrumental and vocal musical groups.

After growing up near Philadelphia, Mississippi, Christa attended Mississippi State University and earned a degree in Child Development. She has worked as both a preschool and kindergarten teacher and found music to be one of her favorite activities to do with young children.

In high school Christa was selected as a member of the Mississippi Lions’ All State Band. In college she was a member of the Maroon Band and was involved in Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi, flute choir, and musical theatre. She has been a member of several church choirs and has often played flute for church and weddings.

In addition to music, Christa enjoys reading, needle arts, and assisting families as they welcome new babies. She currently lives in Houston, Mississippi with her husband Matthew (who she met in Lions’ Band) and their five children, Kenna, Landon, Riley, Galen, and Archer.

     Dr. Clifton Taylor  |  Band

Dr. Clifton Taylor has served as Associate Director of Bands at Mississippi State University since 2005. At MSU, he co-directs the Famous Maroon Band and basketball pep bands, conducts the MSU Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensembles, and teaches courses in the Department of Music. A native of Mississippi, he holds two music education degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a DMA in wind conducting from the University of South Carolina. A veteran teacher, Dr. Taylor has taught instrumental music at every level, from the elementary school to the community college, and currently directs the band program for the Starkville Homeschool Music Cooperative.

Dr. Taylor is regularly engaged in composing and arranging for concert band, marching band, and other media. His original concert band works are published by Grand Mesa Music Publishers and Maroon Tune Publications. He is also the composer and publisher of Honor Band Sight Reading Etudes. Now in its 3rd edition, the collection contains 87 etudes written for all-district and all-state auditions in Mississippi and Louisiana. Dr. Taylor also maintains a steady schedule as a performing trombonist, playing in symphonic, chamber, and jazz settings. He has served as the principal trombonist of the Meridian Symphony since 2002.

Dr. Taylor is affiliated with the College Band Directors National Association; the National Band Association; the Mississippi Bandmasters Association; Phi Beta Mu; Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; Kappa Kappa Psi; and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. In addition to his work at MSU, he is the Director of Music at Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), and serves as a leader of Trail Life USA Troop MS-0110.

Dr. Jennifer Campbell | Music Explorers

Dr. Jennifer Campbell serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor, where she facilitates music education in Foundations of Music Education, Elementary Methods, and the capstone course, Managing the Music Education Classroom. She also supports individual Teacher Interns at their placements. Before joining the music department at Mississippi State, Dr. Campbell served as Coordinator of Music Education at The College of St. Rose (2017-2021) and the University of Central Missouri (2016-2017).

Dr. Campbell’s first teaching position was at the Sanford School in Hockessin, Delaware. She taught Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight, teaching general and choral music that resulted in over nine concerts annually. She was also active in the Sanford Repertory Theatre Company, serving in various capacities including Technical Director and Stage Crew Adviser. In her time at St. Rose and UCM she proudly served as faculty adviser to active Collegiate NAfME chapters.

In 2020, she was appointed as Elementary General Music Instructional Lead for the Country Music Association’s Unified Voices for Music Education. Through this initiative, she sponsored four summer work sessions for music educators from across the United States to plan lessons in virtual and physically distanced classrooms. In 2019, Dr. Campbell presented at the Inaugural Southwest Region Collegiate Summit of NAfME. She presented her research on female music educators of the nineteenth century at the 2017 Oklahoma Symposium on the History of Music Education and her research on early childhood singing at the 2016 NAfME Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference.

Dr. Campbell holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree and the Master of Music degree in Music Education from The University of Mississippi, and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Berea, OH. As an elementary music specialist, she has completed three levels in the Orff-Schulwerk approach and holds a level II certificate in the Kodály pedagogy. She is a member of the National Association for Music Educators, the Organization for Kodály Educators, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.