Smith, Ron

Music Department Head
Stevens Hall SH101
DMA in Trombone Performance, Louisiana State University 1992
MM in Music Education, Ithaca College 1978
BA in Music Education, Marshall University 1976


Ron Smith, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Music and Music Education, has served at Piedmont International University since August, 2006. Prior to serving at PIU he was Professor of Music from 1980-2006 and Chair of the Music Department from 1993-2006 at Pensacola Christian College. Dr. Smith also was the Band Director at Huntington Christian Academy in West Virginia from 1978-1980.

He is most thankful for the trombone teachers he has had over the years who not only taught trombone but to live an honest life. These men include Larry B. Campbell (Louisiana State University), Allen Ostrander (New York Philharmonic), Lewis Van Haney (Indiana University), Charles Dalkert (Ithaca College),and John H. Mead (Marshall University) As a brass teacher Dr. Smith has many students serving as Christian school band directors, college professors, and performers in Military Bands throughout the United States. He also maintains a trombone studio teaching Piedmont area high school trombonists of which some have achieved membership in North Carolina All State bands and Jazz Bands.

Dr. Smith enjoys playing golf (he has two holes in one), reading biographies of presidents, composers, and the Civil War Generals. One of his favorite Bible verses is Luke 9:23, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Dr. Smith is married to Alice since 1979 and they have three sons, Ryan/Amy, Jason/Jill, and Jeremy/Kylee. In addition there are four grandchildren with a fifth on the way!

Courses Taught

Brass and Percussion Class
String and Woodwind Class
Elementary Music Education
Instrumental Methods
Choral Methods
Music Education Student Teaching
Private Brass Lessons
Church Music Organization and Administration
Worship Leadership Seminar

Awards, Performances, Workshops, and Memberships

Teacher of the Year at Pensacola Christian College in 1993
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers three times
Who’s Who in America twice
Served as bass trombonist with:
Piedmont Wind Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Stratford Brass Quinte, Salem Trombone Choir, Baton Rouge Symphony, Pensacola Symphony
Soloist with Pensacola Civic Band and the Perdido Brass Quinte
Served as a judge for NCCSA music events
Guest conductor for ODACS and NCCSA All State Bands and Tampa Bay Area Christian School Bands
Orchestra Director at Grace Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Conducted workshops at North Carolina Trombone Festival, University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Raleigh Christian Academy Fine Arts Symposium, ACSI Carolina/Virginia Teachers Conference, and International Trombone Festival
Member of the International Trombone Association
Member of the National Association of Music Educators
Member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association
Holds permanent teacher licensure for Music K-12 from New York and Professional Level II for Music K-12 from North Carolina

Smith, Ron