LAKE CHARLES, La., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Barbara Jeanne Belew is recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of Music Education.
Belew serves as an Associate Professor of Music at McNeese State University. Her areas of expertise include playing the piano and the harp, as well as educating aspiring young musicians. She has been a part of the field for over 60 years, and truly loves what she does.
In addition to teaching piano and harp, Belew also has taught courses in keyboard and harp literature and pedagogy of both instruments, and directs the university harp ensemble. She is a freelance harp soloist and chamber musician outside of her time spent teaching, as well as the founder and current Vice President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Harp Society, and a former National Board of Directors member. She founded the MSU Harp Camp, open to interested pupils of all ages from the second grade up, and all levels of harp experience, in 2000.
Belew earned her Bachelor's degree in Music from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors in 1951. She then went on to earn her Master's degree in Music from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1953. Belew is also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association.
In recognition of her outstanding achievements in the fields of music and education, Belew has been named a member of the Delta Kappa Society International, and has been featured in the Who's Who of American Women through the Marquis Who's Who company. To further her professional development, she serves as the Recording Secretary of the Lake Charles Piano Teachers Association (an affiliate of Louisiana Music Teachers Association and MTNA), Harp Camp and is a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Harp Society. She also is a charter member and chapter advisor of the Delta Chi Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, International Professional Music Society.
Additionally, Belew was inducted into Who's Who Worldwide Lifetime Achievement in 2016. She was a Featured Member of Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World, from 2009 – 2016.
For some 30 years Belew served as the publicity writer for all the arts fields within the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese. She has also appeared in several recitals alongside other members of the McNeese music faculty, and has performed with the Lake Charles Symphony since 1958.
Belew credits her excellent teachers for much of her success. They included: Mattilene Belew (her mother), Dr. E. Edwin Young and concert pianist Sidney Foster, plus Dr. T. W. Dean (in music theory), and harpist Margaret White.
When not working, Belew continues to serve as a Sunday School officer in her church, Trinity Baptist of Lake Charles, LA.
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SOURCE Continental Who's Who