Andrew Howard Pettus
Andrew enjoys the kind and friendly people at Anderson University. “The students are very respectful, and my colleagues are extremely encouraging.”
He says he was discouraged from seeking a career in music due to the perception that it’s difficult to earn a living. “I even tried a different discipline for a year. However, I knew the Lord was calling me to music, specifically music education. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love what I do, and the fact that I get paid to do it is an added bonus.”
What classes do you teach at Anderson
Basic Conducting, Music Fundamentals, Orchestration, Pep Band, Secondary Methods for Music Education, Wind Symphony, and Woodwind Methods
What year did you start teaching at AU
Why teach at AU?
After teaching in public high school and serving as a graduate teaching assistant at two major universities, it is a joy to teach at a university where I don’t have to tiptoe around my faith. Not only can my students and I both grow personally and academically, but we are encouraged to grow spiritually and make a difference in the world for Christ. For me, there can be no higher calling.
Tennis, whitewater rafting, cooking
Notable achievements outside of discipline
My beautiful daughter, Sophie Marie Pettus!
People might be interested to know I...
toured and performed in South Korea for two months in 2000 and in China for two weeks in 2011; was drum major of the Million Dollar Band (University of Alabama) for four years; was drill designer at both the University of Alabama and University of Miami.
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
Engaging, high-energy, intense, fun, a safe place to mess up.