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Music Schools & Colleges in Mississippi

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State, MS
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The objectives of the music program are:

  1. to provide the music major with the basic knowledge, skills, techniques, pedagogical concepts, and perspectives requisite to success in graduate study, as an artist, and a teacher of music on the elementary and secondary levels,
  2. to create and maintain the highest level in individual and group performance,
  3. to enhance the cultural and aesthetic life of Alcorn students through personal experience in a well directed program of education in music, and
  4. to provide professional service and expertise to the university and the general public.

Belhaven University
Jackson, MS
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The Belhaven University Music Department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), seeks to produce leaders in the musical arts who will have influence in homes, churches, private studios, educational institutions, and on the concert stage. While developing the God-bestowed talents of our students, we seek to provide an understanding of the musical arts from a Christian worldview.

Blue Mountain College
Blue Mountain, MS
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As a Christian liberal arts college we celebrate the arts and God’s uniquely gifting of each of us as we have been created in His image. This department desires to represent our college well in teaching and public performances in gratitude to God and especially welcomes students who are creatively and musically gifted to cultivate and use their gifts. If you become a student at Blue Mountain College within this department we pledge to help you cultivate your performing skills through private instruction and participation in Chorale, worship leadership teams, and staged musical productions. We strive to equip you with skills that will enable you to become gifted teachers, choral conductors, and theater directors, as well as performers and artists. We also work and teach to inspire you and encourage your passion for the arts so that you may inspire, teach, and lead others to use their gifts as well. Furthermore, if you are being called to a ministry in music and worship leadership we commit ourselves to equip you and confirm God’s call on your life to glorify Him in all that you do and to lead His people in glorious worship.

Delta State University
Cleveland, MS
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The Department of Music offers an active and innovative program providing an intensive and challenging experience with emphasis on the individual student. The Department seeks to meet the career needs of music majors and to promote an appreciation of music and the development of musical talents in non-majors by providing courses in the history, theory, teaching, and performance of music.

Jackson State University
Jackson, MS
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The JSU Department of Music offers high-caliber programs for students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in Music or Music Education, as well as those who would like to pursue a minor in Music. The JSU School of Fine and Performing Arts is within the College of Liberal Arts. As a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Department is comprised of a deeply committed community of performers, educators and scholars, dedicated to enriching the academic journey and musical training of JSU students.

Millsaps College
Jackson, MS
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Welcome to the music department, where you can get conservatory-level performance training while immersed in a liberal arts education that teaches you how to think, write, and communicate. Millsaps is a community of scholars and artists where the life of the mind is pursued and valued. The music department, as part of this greater community, cultivates and encourages the use of critical reasoning, historical consciousness, and cultural awareness to inform every facet of music-making and historical study. Our wide variety of music courses investigates musical aesthetics, the economics of music, world music, jazz history, the music of the Enlightenment, opera, women composers, experimental music, and much more. Studies in music theory are creativity-based and begin with learning the foundations of musical expression through hands-on composition in courses such as Music @ the Computer and Concept & Design.

Mississippi College
Clinton, MS
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The Department of Music at Mississippi College pairs a strong student body of performers with professors who are exceptional scholars and performing artists. Members of the faculty are committed to preparing their students to become successful in their respective fields by serving as mentors and advising them in their courses of study. The success of the department is demonstrated by the recruitment and placement of its graduates in teaching positions and church leadership positions across the state and region. Students who go on to graduate study consistently receive graduate fellowships/assistantships and excel in their respective programs. Examples include recent winners of major regional vocal competitions and publication by major music publishers. The faculty members in the music department at Mississippi College are gifted and authoritative in their field, while being keenly interested in the uniqueness of teaching at a liberal arts based, private university.

Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS
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The Department of Music offers two degrees in music: the B.A. and the B.M.E. This section of our website contains information about those programs and the academic areas of the Department of Music.

Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, MS
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Mississippi University for Women is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for the B.A. in Music with an emphasis in General Music and the Bachelor of Music in Music Education. The B.M. in Music Education program is approved by the Mississippi State Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, thereby enabling graduates to satisfy the certification requirements for the State of Mississippi in Art Education. The Music Therapy program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

Mississippi Valley State University
Itta Bena, MS
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The Department of Fine Arts at MVSU offers the opportunity to study visual art and/or music. Music and visual art students generally discover their talent at an early age and that discovery leads them to desire advanced study. At MVSU students may develop and advance their skill sets to become productive in the world of art and music.

Rust College
Holly Springs, MS
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The Division of Humanities offers courses designed to prepare students for life in their own cultural setting by providing them the necessary skills and knowledge to continue intellectual development and character formation throughout their lives. We believe that the best preparation for any career includes study in courses that teach critical thinking, the student’s own culture, appreciation of diverse cultures, and positive character formation-those courses that, in short, help people to become more capable and to live more satisfying and productive lives.

Tougaloo College
Tougaloo, MS
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The Music Program provides pre-professional studies for students who wish to major in music in a liberal arts setting. The curriculum includes Applied Music, Opera Workshop, Performance (piano and voice), Music Theory, Music History, Music Literature and Music Education (including classes in instrumental methods and materials). Within the program, students from across the campus may participate in the Tougaloo College Concert Choir and its Ensembles as well as the Instrumental Ensemble. The Music Program provides for the cultural and aesthetic enrichment of the College and surrounding community through its instructional programs, lectures, concerts, and recitals.

University of Mississippi
University, MS
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On behalf of the Department of Music at the University of Mississippi, I extend greetings to current and prospective students, our alumni, and friends. A favorite line from Frank Zappa reads: “Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.” In an age in which some have come to confuse even just access to information with real knowledge, it is important to appreciate and nurture and keep alive the concept that there is an intuitive and direct understanding of a kind that most people on the planet will be lucky to ever know even once. As musicians, we seek this “best” thing every time we practice our craft, as performers, educators and scholars.

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
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The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music has a longstanding international reputation for musical excellence. The school is recognized for its eminence in musical artistry, education and community service. Serving more than 450 majors from the United States and 15 countries, the school maintains a strongly diverse student population. In fact, we have granted a higher percentage of music doctorates to African-American students than any other institution of higher learning in the country.

William Carey University
Hattiesburg, MS
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Recitals, concerts, musical theatre productions are all in progress. Our students and faculty are busy! But we are having a wonderful time doing what we love to do…..MAKE MUSIC!