Manley Blackwell, D.M.A.

Professor of Music
Station 10
Pruitt Hall 25
(205) 652-3515
Degrees: D.M.A., Michigan State University, 1992
M.M., Louisiana State University, 1986
B.M., Louisiana State University, 1984
A.A., Meridian Community College, 1982
Professional Biography:

Manley Blackwell, pianist, is on the faculty at the University of West Alabama, where he teaches piano, organ, music fundamentals, and courses in music history. He completed the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Louisiana State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University. He has performed as soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist in many parts of the South and Mid-West. He frequently performs with music faculty members at the University of Alabama and is often invited for special events at the U.A. School of Music when additional accompanists are needed. He served as an Official Accompanist for the 1999, 2001, and 2003 American Horn Competitions and the 2005 International Horn Society Summer Symposium. He was an adjudicator for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference Competition in 2006. Dr. Blackwell also serves as organist at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Demopolis, AL.

Employment Date: 1992
Classes usually taught:

MU 100, MU 111, MU 146, MU 147, MU 246, MU 247, MU 301, and MU 306.

Additional UWA Assignments:

Frequent guest accompanist for the UWA Choir and UWA Singers.


Faculty Senate, College of Liberal Arts Review Group, Bibb Graves Auditorium Oversight Committee, and Honors Day Committee.

Academic / Research Interests:

Music for Solo Piano, Piano Chamber Music, Lieder, Opera, Music History, and Piano Pedagogy.

Additional Information:
  • Member of the West Alabama Music Teachers Association, Alabama Music Teachers Association, and Music Teachers National Association.
  • Frequent adjudicator for piano competitions.
  • Accomplished organist. Advanced organ study at the University of Southern Mississippi and Louisiana State University. Extensive experience as an organ accompanist and church organist.
  • Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Member of Pi Kappa Lambda.