Beth  McGinnis
Assistant Professor, Musicology, Class Piano, Coordinator of Community Music Initiatives
School of the Arts
Division of Music
304 Buchanan Hall

Beth McGinnis taught musicology and piano at Samford for fifteen years before joining the full-time faculty in 2017. She is Organist at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. As an accompanist her performing credits include Carnegie Hall, Santo Spirito in Florence, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Palais Ferstel, and Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Center. She has published articles on music and the extra-musical and biographical articles for the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano from Samford University, a Master of Music in Musicology from Texas Christian University, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beth is also a certified yoga instructor.  She lives in Birmingham with her husband, Scott, and two children, William and Kate.

McGinnis just launched a new podcast series called Hear in Alabama.  The episodes share oral history interviews and highlight her work with communities in Alabama.  

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Musicology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • M.A., Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999
  • M.M., Texas Christian University, 1995
  • B.M., Piano Performance, Samford University, 1991


  • Ethnomusicology
  • Collaborative Piano