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Darrell Bledsoe

Dr. Darrell Bledsoe


Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex,
Email: dbledsoe@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2826

Professional Profile

Dr. Bledsoe joined the College of Music as the Coordinator of Music Business Studies in the Fall of 2012 as an adjunct instructor and full time in the Fall of 2014. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1970 from NTSU, a Master of Education degree from the University of Houston in 1978, did post graduate work at Texas Tech University and earned an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Emmanuel Baptist University in 1998.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Bledsoe teaches all elements of music business, including two classes of Music In The Americas, two guitar classes, a voice class, Seminar In Music Business, Survey of Music Business, Pop-SOM-Ble (performing classic rock, classic pop music, classic gospel, classic country music and contemporary music from all genres) and classes in recording techniques (vocal and instrumental).

Since signing a partnership with Belmont University in Nashville, students may take up to 19 hours by Skype and Blackboard at WT campus through Belmont University including classes in Contract Law, Media Law, Publishing and Songwriting.

Dr. Bledsoe is a co-author on 30 music textbooks and recording producer for all the Silver Burdett Music Education Series in the U.S. and Great Britain. He is also the producer of the Music Education Series for McGraw Hill publishing. He has traveled the world as a recording producer on recordings for Sony, CBS, Word, Provident, etc., working as a producer on Broadway and producing over 9000 songs for education and many commercial artists as well, winning coveted awards in both fields.

Dr. Bledsoe has been a member of The Recording Academy (Grammy's) for 15 years helping enrich the lives of all members of our creative community.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Bledsoe continues music writing as a professional published songwriter for both the secular and Christian marketplace. He is a master teacher of Voice and Guitar (endorsed by McPherson and Martin Guitars), and uses his gift performing for the senior citizens all over the Amarillo Area several times a month. He is a member of the Rotary Club and has sat on the Board of Directors for the Jan Werner Adult Day Care Center for the past 7 years.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Bledsoe lives in South Amarillo with his wife Beverly (a professional singer and teacher of voice and piano as well). They have two adult children and adore their six grandchildren. He also enjoys performing and leading music at his church.