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.
Becky Joy | Concert Choir
Becky Joy is a graduate of Delta State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Becky has taught music on various levels: Kindermusik, Pre-School Music, Elementary Music, Elementary Choir, Junior High Choir, and High School Choir. She has also taught voice lessons and beginner piano lessons for a number of years. In addition, Becky enjoys directing Broadway Musicals and working with the Children and Youth at her Church. Becky has been married to Mason Joy for 18 years and they have three children together: Tanner, Macy, & Braden.
Christa McGrew | Music Adventures
Christa McGrew is a home schooling mother of four 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 four children, Kenna, Landon, Riley, and Galen.
Mollie Phillips | Music Explorers
Mollie Phillips is a Starkville Homeschool 2010 graduate and resides in Columbus, MS where she is a preschool teacher. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education from Mississippi University for Women where she has an emphasis in vocal instruction.
During her high school years, Mollie was a member of the Columbus Girl choir under the direction of Dr. Cherry Dunn, vocal instructor at MUW. She was accepted into the Mississippi Girlchoir Treblesong Honor Choir for three consecutive years. She has played piano for seventeen years and participated in piano competitions and festivals where she received superior ratings and a scholarship to a summer music program her senior year. While at MUW, Mollie was a member of Chamber Singers where she served as section leader. She was accepted into the Kappa Delta Epsilon National Education Honor Society her junior year.
Mollie is an active member of First Baptist Church where she serves as the 1st-3rd grade children’s choir director and a member of the Sanctuary Choir, among other ministries. She has had many opportunities to grow in music teaching. She was the music teacher for the Rosenzweig Art Camp for children grades kindergarten-6th grade for three years. She taught the children basic music concepts and developed a themed program each week that consisted of songs and activities to showcase those concepts to the parents. She also judges piano and vocal students and grades theory tests at the National Federation Music Club Festival in Columbus each year.
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.