Meet the Faculty

Janet Whitman Knighten

Janet Whitman Knighten

Instructor, Music Education

Music Living Learning Community Co-Director

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-3934

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Jann Knighten received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from East Carolina University where she was a percussion student of Harold Jones. In 1999, she completed the coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education with a conducting emphasis at the University of Texas at Austin. While at Texas, she was a graduate assistant with Dr. Robert Duke in music education, Paula Crider and the Longhorn Band, and a conducting student of Jerry Junkin. Mrs. Knighten taught middle school band for 24 years in Jacksonville and New Bern, NC, high school band for 5 years in Tarboro, NC, and general music at the Oakwood School in Greenville, NC. During that time, her students consistently placed in regional and state honor bands and performed at the North Carolina Music Educators Conference. She served as President of the Eastern District Band Directors Association, clinical supervisor for numerous student inters, and clinician and adjudicator in North Carolina, Virginia, and Texas. In 2001, she represented North Carolina as an educational ambassador for the U.S.-Japan Foundation’s Global Schools Initiative at Hiroshima University and Mihara Junior High School in Hiroshima, Japan. In 2002, she was among the first recipients in the country to acquire Board Certification in Music Education from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She currently teaches music education classes, supervises clinical interns, and is the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

M.M., East Carolina University