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Ronald Shinn  Professor

Ronald Shinn
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Phone: (205) 726-2501
Office: Buchanan Hall 307

B.M., University of New Mexico
M.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison
D.M.A., The University of Alabama
Biographical Information

 Dr. Ronald Shinn previously was Dowling Professor of Music at Huntingdon College where he was a member of the music faculty for thirty years. He joined the Samford faculty in 2007.

His B.M. in piano performance is from The University of New Mexico (George Robert, teacher), his M.M. from The University of Wisconsin (Madison; Howard Karp) and his D.M.A. from The University of Alabama (Amanda Penick).

Shinn’s students have won numerous awards in many events, including MTNA state and regional competitions; AMTA solo and concerto events; Blount-Slawson (Montgomery), Tuscaloosa, Brevard and the Alabama Symphony concerto competitions; and the Alabama Federation and Birmingham music clubs. He has judged many piano competitions throughout the U.S., including the Florida, Georgia and Southwest MTNA collegiate artist competitions.

Dr. Shinn was the recipient of the Presidential Scholars’ Teacher Recognition Awardin Washington, D.C., in June, 2007.  In 1993, he was awarded the Exemplary Teaching Award for service at Huntingdon College and was also honored as the 1999 recipient of the Alabama Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year award. 

Shinn is on the faculty for the outstanding summer piano program known as the International Institute for Young Musicians (, which has included such esteemed piano faculty as Emilio del Rosario, Alan Chow, Jack Winerock, Larry Graham and John Perry.

During the past academic years, Shinn’s students have won the MTNA high school competition, MTNA junior high, MTNA honorable mention in southern division, Alabama Symphony concerto competition, the Shoals Symphony concerto competition, the National Yamaha Instrument Competition (in piano) and the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs state Competition.

Through Samford University, Shinn continues to direct the successful Samford Piano & Strings Festival for advanced junior and senior high students, a program which Dr. Shinn began at Huntingdon College in 2000.


Dr. Shinn's Barbara wife is a pianist and also on the Samford faculty; their son Michael (student of Dr. Shinn from age 4-18) attended Juilliard as a pianist (BM and MM from Juilliard, DMA from CUNY), and is now on the full-time faculty at Juilliard. Daughter Anne also studied piano through High School and currently works in Washington, D. C.  Barb and Ron are members of St. Paul's Catholic Cathedral in Birmingham.

Most recent performance: Dr. & Mrs. Shinn performed Carmina Burana with the Montgomery Civic Chorale and the Civic Ballet at the Davis Theater, Fall, 2010.
Member of:
Metro Music Teachers Forum (Birmingham)          
Alabama Music Teachers Association
Music Teachers National Association
Alabama Federation of Music Clubs
National Federation of Music Clubs
National Guild of Piano Teachers
Huntingdon College Exemplary Teaching award, 1993 
AMTA Teacher of the Year Award, 1999
Presidential Scholars’ Teacher Recognition Award in Washington, D.C. 2007
Past President, Alabama Music Teachers Association 2001-2002
Piano Technique Books (4 levels), used throughout Alabama for AMTA Participants.
MTNA National Conference Workshop, "iPods, YouTube and Podcasts in the Studio," Spring, 2009
Nov. 4-6, 2010 Guest Clinician: Judge of Concerto Competition, Master Class Teacher, and presenter of Piano Concerto Repertoire to members of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association for the annual MMTA State Conference.