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Judy A. Guilbeaux-James

Interim Chair - Fine and Performing Arts/Music Program Leader/Associate Professor of Music Education


Office: 118-A DeBose Hall
Phone: 225-771-3300
Fax: 225-771-4082


Ph.D. Louisiana State University
M.Ed.Ad. Texas Southern University
B.M.Ed. Southern University and A & M College


Dr. Guilbeaux-James is an Associate Professor of Music in the College of Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies, on the Graduate Faculty in Curriculum and Instruction, on the Board of Reviewers for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning (Southern University), and the University Supervisor for music education student teachers. She has also served as Interim Assistant Dean in the College of Education, Arts & Humanities and Acting Director of Southern University Laboratory School.

She began her public school music-teaching career in 1980 as a Fine Arts Teacher in the Houston Independent School District. She was an Instructor of Piano for the Houston Community College, Organist for University Christian Church, and received the Master of Education degree (Administration and Supervision) in 1986 from Texas Southern University. She was a Music Specialist in the Arlington Independent School District. She returned to Louisiana to serve as a music educator in West Feliciana Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish (1990-1995). She was the organist for St. Michael’s Episcopal Church-Baton Rouge, Louisiana and private piano teacher for the Southern University DeBose Preparatory Music Program. In 1995, she returned to Southern University, in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts (College of Arts & Humanities), succeeding Professor Helen M. Gist.

Dr. Guilbeaux-James’ areas of specialization include: Texas Institute for Arts in Education, Internship in Mid-Management, HISD Department of Technology, and AISD Kodály Workshops. Her professional presentations include Kodály Workshops for Professors Myrtle E. David (Southern University) and Professor Helen M. Gist (Southern University and Park Forest Elementary School), and a Music Education Technology Workshop for the 2001 DeBose National Piano Competition Foundation, Incorporated Music Festival. Dr. Guilbeaux-James and Evelyn K. Orman, Ed. D. (Louisiana State University) presented a study entitled The Effect of Background Computer Screen Color on Aural Interval Identification in Tampa, Florida for the Florida Music Educators Association – “Research Perspective in Music Education” – SDMENC/FMEA Poster Session. Dr. Guilbeaux-James completed the doctorate at Louisiana State University in 2009. Her dissertation, The Effect of Rhythm-Based Computer-Assisted Music Instruction Designed for Individual Learning Style Preferences on the Learning of Preservice Elementary Education Majors, included researcher developed software programs that were constructed to teach the basic elements of rhythm based on auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic learning style preferences with the assistance of technology.

Professional organizations and honors include: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Beta Sigma Chapter) Woman of the Year: 2013-2014, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity – Faculty Advisor of the Year 2012-2013, Louisiana Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Inc., Mu Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Honor Society, Outstanding Young Women of America, Distinguished Service Award – Silver Anniversary – DeBose National Piano Competition, Inc., Outstanding Chapter Growth (Southern University MENC Chapter #574), and Cover Photo Lincoln Center Institute Report. Dr. Guilbeaux-James was also nominated for the 2024 Grammy Music Educator Award. She is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana.