Jason  Terry
Assistant Professor of Piano
School of the Arts
Division of Music
Office: 303 Buchanan Hall
Email: jterry2@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2389

As a solo and collaborative pianist, Dr. Jason Terry has given performances throughout the United States, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, and various countries in Central Asia. In 2019, he was invited to begin serving as a master teacher for the Beijing International Music Festival as well as join the piano faculty for Interlochen Arts Camp. For the past three years, Terry has been invited to the Middle East to teach applied piano and literature courses as well as perform at institutes and universities in the region through the NGO American Voices.

With a passion to teach, Jason has taught both private and group piano lessons, as well as a variety of theory, musicology, and piano pedagogy and literature courses at the collegiate level. Additionally, he is the former director of Midlands Music Academy, a full-band/orchestra academy in South Carolina. He enjoys maintaining a private teaching studio and especially enjoys working with atypical learners.

He is active as a music researcher and continues to present at conferences throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. Currently, he is working on his first book, One Last Encore: Celebrated Pianists and Their Final Performances. In 2018, Terry began authoring biographies for Steinway & Sons’ Immortal Artists, and his scholarship in the field of piano performance history has been recently included in the Carnegie Hall archives. Terry’s doctoral research on the origin of the plagal-amen cadence has been accepted for presentation in a number of places including Oxford, Vienna, Rome, Canterbury, Toronto, and Birmingham (U.K.), among others. Furthermore, he has presented on church music topics throughout the U.S., France, and Southeast Asia. 

Degrees and Certifications 

B.A., Missouri Southern State University
M.M., Baylor University
D.M.A., University of South Carolina
Effective Teaching Practices Certification, Association of College & University Educators 


Collaborative Piano

Awards and Honors

NAMM / CMS Fellowship
International Cultural Activities Grant
Innovative Teaching Grant
Iraqi Ministry of Culture & Arts Teaching Award
Lovelace Scholar, Hymn Society of U.S. & Canada


Terry, J. “The Beginning of the Ending: The Genesis of the Plagal-Amen Cadence” in Christian Music Traditions in the Americas. Edited by Joanna Smolko and Andrew Shenton. Fall, 2020. Ssubmission under review

Contributing author, Steinway Owners’ Magazine. New York: Steinway & Sons, 2018—19.

Research contributor, Carnegie Hall Archives, 2018

Terry, J. “The Impact of the Plagal Cadence on 19th Century Music.” International Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences 4, no. 6, 2017.

Contributing author, Celebrating Grace Hymnal Companion. Mercer, GA: Celebrating Grace, Inc, 2010.

Terry, J. “Worship Among Millennials.” Joshua, TX: Ross King Organs, 2010.