Josh Bedford

Graduation date: May 2011 bedford

Degree objective: Music Education

University highlights, achievements and awards: I have been a two time recipient of the Mary Day Fuller Scholarship, a Music Theory and History Tutor for all Theory and History classes, as well as a member of the Indiana State University Cross Country and Track Teams.

High School: Terre Haute North Vigo High School

Hometown: Terre Haute, IN

Family ties to ISU: My grandmother, Rhonda Oldham, went to the university and received the Hines Memorial Medal for her outstanding GPA.

I chose to attend ISU… because I initially wanted only to pursue a career in running at a Division I school. However, things quickly changed a year later when I discovered the music program at ISU. It was the greatest change I have made in my life.

When I have free time, I like... I like to relax and play golf, run, fish, or just play the piano and write music. I’ve composed a number of pieces that have been performed on campus and in the surrounding area.

My favorite places on campus to study are... the basement practice rooms of the Fine Arts Building or in the Commons.

My favorite professor is... a difficult decision, but the professors that I have had the great fortune of working with the most were Dr. Terry Dean, Dr. Linda Luebke, Dr. Dennis Ballard, Glen Dimick, and Kelly Fallon. These professors played critical roles in my development as a student and as an educator. Without their great minds and their extreme care towards the success of their students’ education I would not be going to Georgia in the fall with the teaching assistantship that I have been offered.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with... Sir Elton John! I love his music and I think he is a fascinating individual and a musical genius. Also I think I would love to spend time with Dmitri Shostakovich to see how he actually composed and worked.

If I knew I could not fail, I would... definitely have pursued a career in racing cars or something of that nature, because that is another passion of mine.

After graduation, I plan to... attend the University of Georgia in Athens, GA to pursue a master’s degree in Musicology. I have a received a full tuition waiver from UGA and also a teaching assistantship. I will be teaching American Popular Music and assisting with writing program notes for the major ensembles.

The one ISU experience I will always remember is/will be... Dr. John Boyd’s final concert, which I was so fortunate to be a part of. It was an evening filled with emotion and great music. It was an experience like none other to be there and see a man of his reputation say goodbye to his position as Director of Bands.

If I knew then what I know now, I would... have never started off as a biology major and went straight into music. However, I think it was a great way that ISU offered the opportunity to find myself and figure out what I exactly wanted to do with my life.

If I could serve as a mentor for future ISU music students, I would tell them/suggest that they... First I would suggest that all of the students should try to explore their options, but don’t drop anything unless you are positive that it is not for you. Another thing to suggest is to be as diligent as possible with your work. The only way to really stay on top of your work is to continually check your syllabi and also keep in contact with your professors! (Most of them won’t bite!!!) Above all make sure that you do make some time for yourself amidst your studies! It can get daunting at times in any collegiate major, but you must allow some time for yourself in order to make it through college in my opinion.