Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
DECATUR – In recognition of her recent recognition 2013 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year at East Central Community College, choral/vocal music instructor Vicki Blaylock of Newton will present “Music: The Ripple Effect” on Nov. 12.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
Blaylock, who also serves as chairperson of the Division of Fine Arts, was selected for the honor by the Mississippi Humanities Council. Each year, the council honors one faculty member from each of the state’s community colleges and four-year colleges and universities.
For her upcoming presentation, Blaylock will discuss the importance of music both economically and culturally, as well as music education and its importance. She will also perform several musical selections while discussing the "ripples" or the people who were influences in her music career and how others can be a ripple to ensure music is a vital part of education.
Blaylock joined the ECCC faculty in 2000 and has 31 years experience in music education. She has taught keyboard, voice and music education courses and currently serves as director of the Concert Choir and Ac’cents show choir.
She was recently elected president of the Mississippi Community and Junior College Choral Association and in 2003 was selected a Lamplighter, which honors outstanding community and junior college faculty throughout the state.
Blaylock received her bachelor’s degree in music education from Delta State University and the master’s degree in music education from Mississippi College. She also has completed Kodaly Level I Certification.
She is married to Ronnie Blaylock and they have two children, Clanton and Anna Rose, who are both graduates of East Central Community College.