Linda Ross-Happy, Associate Professor Emerita of Music
Dr. Linda Ross-Happy came to the Conservatory as a very young instructor in 1973 and dedicated 30 years of service before taking early retirement and being awarded emeritus status. During those years she was known for her creative approaches to learning and teaching and was a highly respected and sought-after lecturer and adjudicator. Her many innovative workshop presentations included the Use of Music in Accelerated Learning, Teaching Music through Movement and Dance, and Unique Approaches to Group Instruction.
In 1996, Dr. Ross-Happy was awarded the largest faculty grant to date to establish a state-of-the-art digital piano/computer lab for the Conservatory. In 1997 she received the Conservatory Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching Award. Her research was cited in the popular book, Superlearning 2000, which highly praised her work with teaching piano using accelerated learning techniques. In 2001 she designed, created, and taught a televised course for children called Keyboard Kids, which was broadcast on the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Educational Television Network.
Following her early retirement, Dr. Ross-Happy returned to the Conservatory to create its first online class, Music Appreciation, which featured video lectures, interviews with guest artists and professors, and performances by several Conservatory students. The great success of that class led to the creation of a second online class, The History and Development of Rock and Roll, for which she was presented The 2005 Platinum Award For Excellence in Teaching by the United States Distance Learning Association at their National Conference in Long Beach.
In recent years Dr. Ross-Happy has been pursuing her love of writing and has published an e-book titled Keys to Faster Learning. She is also fulfilling one of her dreams of writing, producing, and narrating documentary films.
Dr. Ross-Happy received her DMA in group piano pedagogy from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Master of Arts in piano performance from Northwestern University. She was awarded a Bachelor of Music in Education with distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Ford Foundation Career Scholar.