Don Bailey

Don Bailey

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies


Don Bailey is an associate professor of music and the director of jazz studies at UAFS, a concentration he helped develop the curriculum for. In his 18 years at UAFS, Bailey has earned a reputation as a leading musician and composer in the Fort Smith area, garnering numerous awards and honors.


Bailey received the annual Fort Smith Mayor’s Honors to the Visual and Performing Arts in 2007, and was included in the 2008 edition of “Who’s Who in America” and the 2009 edition of “Who’s Who in the World.” Additionally, he’s received the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” award four times.


Bailey has also served two terms as president of the Arkansas Unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, and has represented the state of Arkansas at regional and national jazz events. 


He teaches music theory, music education, music appreciation, jazz improvisation and applied woodwinds. He received his bachelor of music education degree from Iowa Wesleyan College and his master of arts degree in music from the University of Northern Iowa, where he was a teaching assistant in jazz studies. 





Attitude Is Everything

This motivational presentation provides a fresh look at the power of having a positive attitude. Hear about such "greats" as Alexander Graham Bell, the Wright brothers, Einstein, Beethoven -- even Michael Jordan -- and how they overcame the odds to achieve fame and success. This will inspire you to never give up!  


I Write the Songs

No, it's not Barry Manilow, but it is a close look at how songs are written, marketed and sold for mass consumption. Hear about the tricks of this multi-billion-dollar trade, including the buzz words, what sells and why and much more. See and hear a song composed and explained. Fun stuff!


Music in the Church

Take a look at some of the changing paradigms regarding church music and some of the controversies surrounding this topic. Can we learn something from Martin Luther? And how does generation "x" or generation "next" fit into the church music scene? This is not an opinionated lecture, just some good food for thought.