Jennifer Merry

Jennifer outside with her mother in her cap and gown
Band Director at Hickory Ridge Middle School


Bachelor of Music in Music Education, UNC Charlotte (2004) 
Master of School Administration, UNC Charlotte (2023)
PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, UNC Charlotte (expected 2027)

Hometown: Concord, NC

Tell us a little about yourself! When did you first get interested in music?

I first got into music in middle school. I loved seeing the band and I knew I wanted to be in band immediately.

How did your education at UNC Charlotte prepare you for where you are today?

I had a great group of educators at UNC Charlotte. They all prepared me for real world situations.

What are you up to now?

I am currently a band director at Hickory Ridge Middle School. I love teaching students and giving them a music education.

Do you have any advice for current students in the College of Arts + Architecture?

Work hard and never give up.

Have you returned to UNC Charlotte since graduating?

I came back to get my masters degree. Currently enrolled.