Dr. Sunghun Kim is a lecturer of piano in the Division of Music at Samford. Dr. Kim is a distinguished musician and pedagogue who was recognized for his teaching methods and approaches in the best practices through the “Research Project Awards,” “Research Grants,” and “ Graduate School Scholarships.”
Dr. Kim has presented the MTNA National and Virtual Conferences as a session presenter. “A Holistic Approach to Teaching Young Students with Autism for a 30-Minute Virtual Lesson” was presented at the 2022 MTNA Virtual Conference. On top of that, “Creating Sensory-Friendly Recitals for Music Students with Autism” was published in American Music Teacher (June/July 2021). His research in piano pedagogy has been featured at the Piano Pedagogy Symposium, Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA), South Carolina Music Teachers Association (SCMTA), as well as several college music society regional conferences.
Dr. Kim is an active performer and collaborative pianist and has held global concerts with various vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. Especially, his recent solo and ensemble performances are spotlighted in the African-American Montgomery Music Society. Through “Spectrum Jam Programs,” which are non-profit, he helps students with autism to learn piano based on music education throughout the local community. His ongoing and sentential research fields are to collaborate with traditional students and students with autism in piano performances by creating valuable and devoted opportunities to aim them in student-tailored music education. Moreover, additional research interests include ideas engaging and animating effective practice strategies in the college group piano class, exploring the 21st contemporary piano music along with achieving diversity and inclusion through constructive repertoire selections.
Degrees and Certifications
B.A., Oklahoma State University
M.M., Baylor University
D.M.A., University of South Carolina
Piano and Piano Pedagogy