College of Liberal Arts

University of Mississippi

Laurdella Foulkes-Levy, Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award

Laurdella Foulkes-Levy, assistant professor of music, has been named the campuswide outstanding teacher.

Foulkes-Levy, co-director of the Mississippi Early Music Ensemble, received the 2006 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award.

Nominations for the Hood Award are invited from students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. In nominating Foulkes-Levy, one student wrote that she was “far and away the most dedicated, committed and caring teacher I have had in my college experience.”

Another student’s nomination offered a tribute to her by advising fellow music students: “Don’t take Dr. Foulkes-Levy’s Advanced Ear Training Class unless you mean business! You will work several hours every day preparing, and there is no way around it! You WILL be a successful sight-singer after this course.”

“I’m absolutely overwhelmed and humbled,” she said. “Teaching is what I am all about. My students are exceptional, and I thank them for their hard work and their thirst for knowledge.”

Foulkes-Levy joined the UM faculty in 1994, and her primary teaching has been in music theory, including courses in musicianship and harmony, counterpoint and stylistic analysis.

She completed her doctoral degree in music theory at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she received the Thomas J. Clifton Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in music theory, as well as an Excellence in Teaching award.

Her other music degrees include a bachelor’s from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., and a master’s from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. She also earned a diploma from the prestigious Kodály Music Training Institute.

The outstanding teaching award has been a tradition at UM since 1966. In 1988, Mr. and Mrs. Warren A. Hood Sr. of Jackson made a gift to endow the award, which was named in Mrs. Hood’s honor. In 2000, the Hoods made another gift to support the award so that it will continue in perpetuity.