The Southeast Missouri Music Academy is a nonprofit organization offering comprehensive music instruction to the Cape Girardeau community and surrounding areas. The Academy currently enrolls more than 200 students, ranging in age from 3 to 80, who study piano, organ, voice, flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trombone, trumpet, percussion, violin, viola, cello, string bass, guitar, harp and composition. Special classes include Musicianship Class, Suzuki Strings, and Adult Beginning Piano.
Our outreach programs include scholarships for financially disadvantaged students and performances at area hospitals and nursing homes. The community service provided by the Music Academy, in addition to high-quality educational programming, qualifies the Academy for full membership in the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.
The Music Academy operates under the auspices of the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music. The University generously provides use of facilities and equipment in Brandt Hall, but does not provide financial support. The Academy depends on student tuition and community sponsorship to fund the diverse programming to which the region has become accustomed.
Rebecca Fulgham is the Director of the Southeast Missouri Music Academy and also teaches piano through the Academy. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Pittsburg (KS) State University. Posts graduate work was also done in piano pedagogy at Wichita (KS) State University. Her piano students have performed successfully at both the local and state levels in the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Music Festival, MSHAA Contest, and the Missouri Music Teachers Association competition, where her students have won and/or placed in individual divisions. Rebecca has maintained a studio in Cape since 1990.