Music Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Cunningham

Dr. Jeffrey CunninghamJeffrey Cunningham currently directs the saxophone studio at Missouri Southern State University. He has instructed classes and lessons at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, Brigham Young University, and the University of Central Missouri. He also has been a faculty member at The Community Music and Dance Academy in Kansas City. With a focus on writing pedagogical material, Dr. Cunningham is currently working on a jazz method book entitled Jazz Standards: An Approach to Melody Memorization. In addition, he has created a website ( that offers lessons for the beginner saxophone player and will eventually provide advanced lessons, all online. Along with aiding the student, he has endeavored to bring clarification concerning Adolph Sax's original design of the saxophone, specifically dealing with the parabola. Dr. Cunningham has performed as a solo artist and in groups and ensembles within the classical and jazz styles. He also spends time as a clinician and adjudicator in the states of Missouri and Kansas. Dr. Cunningham earned his D.M.A. from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and a M.M. from Arizona State University, both in saxophone performance. His B.M. in jazz studies was earned at Brigham Young University and he has had the benefit of studying with artists such as Joseph Wytko, Bobby Watson, Tim Timmons, Ray Smith, and Ernie Small.