KMEA Hall of Fame
Terry J. Barham
Inducted in 2017
Terry J. Barham received his Bachelor's in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, his Master's in Music Education from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Terry's teaching career began in Illinois, Wisconsin, Arizona, then on to Emporia State University, ending as adjunct Professor of Music at UMKC. Terry has supervised student teachers, conducted innumerable choirs of all ages, taught choral arranging, choral conducting, and as a published author and authority on the boys changing voice, he is known throughout the choral music world.

Terry's service to the profession includes being the National Coordinator of State and Division Newsletters for ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), while also being Editor of The Choral Journal, ChorTeach the online magazine for ACDA, Common Times through the Southwestern Division of ACDA, and the Kansas ACDA Newsletter.

Jason Sickel, a former student of Terry's says "Thanks to his in-depth research and subsequent books on understanding the changing male adolescent voice, Dr. Barham became one of the leading experts in the field of middle school/junior high vocal development. Because his findings were proven over and over again as he worked with middle school students from all over the country, he prepared his college students to be highly successful middle level and high school level choral directors."

Performing Artist Michael Swickard, with Walt Disney World, says, "Dr. Terry Barham, the professor, is impressive. Dr. Terry Barham, the man, is remarkable. He lives his life as a passionate example to others—he is a true role model for me."

Fellow teacher and parent Pam Smith Kelly sums it up very well—"Most educators know Dr. Terry Barham as a college professor, author, adjudicator, arranger, composer, mentor and conductor. I am honored to say that I love and respect Dr. Terry Barham as a wonderful, genuine, kind man whose depth of knowledge, love for teaching and love for people have enriched my life, my son's life and the lives of thousands of students in the state of Kansas and the world."