Transfer Students

Making the Transition:

A “How-To” Guide for Transfer Students
to the Southern Miss School of Music

We are delighted that you are considering the Southern Miss School of Music, and we want to make your transition to our university as smooth as possible.  Therefore, we have assembled this guide to provide you with important and helpful information before you even get here.  Please read everything carefully and thoroughly.

MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES ARTICULATION AGREEMENT
An agreement between two academic institutions that a course offered at one institution will be accepted for transfer credit at the partnering institution. Articulation agreements help students take appropriate courses at the community/junior college that will transfer for credit toward a bachelor's degree at the university of their choice. Click here for more information.


Dates

The below are dates that you should become immediately familiar with – mark your calendars and prepare!

SPRING - THIS IS THE ONLY DATE FOR PLACEMENT EXAMS THIS ACADEMIC YEAR
Theory Placement Exam: May 3th - Please contact Dr. Danny Beard if you intend to take these tests.
Piano Placement Exam: May 3th - by advance registration only. Contact Dr. Ellen Elder no later then May 1.

PREVIEW DAYS (transfers only): below

Placement Exams

Each year, we offer you the opportunity to be placed properly in the right aural skills and theory courses (if needed) as well as piano class.  Information for each follows:

  • Aural Skills and Theory
    The theory department gives you the opportunity to take a placement test in order for you to be properly placed in an aural skills and theory course.  You will be placed either in freshman or sophomore aural skills and/or theory, or if you pass the sophomore-level exam you will be exempt from taking lower-divisional aural skills and theory at Southern Miss.

    If you pass out of a course or set of courses as a result of taking this placement test and you were not able to transfer in credit from your community college’s aural skills and theory courses, then you must earn class credit in other courses to replace the “missing hours” – in other words, passing out of any course does not earn any class credit, it just places you in the right course(s).  This would also be the case if you received Advanced Placement (AP) credit from high school.

    You can only take this test once; we recommend that you take it in the spring, since you may be more familiar with the material.  Tests will be administered on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg Campus in the Fine Arts Building (FAB).  For a map of the campus, please consult the Southern Miss website at www.usm.edu.
  • Test Day Schedule
    9:00 a.m. (Aural Skills Tests will begin at 9:00 a.m., Written Theory Tests will begin immediately after.)
    FAB 214 for students who have completed sophomore theory and aural skills
    FAB 218 for students who have completed freshmen theory and aural skills

    See www.usm.edu/musictheory and follow the links in “Sample Tests”

    Please contact Dr. Danny Beard at r.beard@usm.edu if you intend to take the tests in the spring and/or if you have any questions about the tests.  Students who are unsuccessful in the spring will not be allowed to retake the tests in the fall.
  • Piano
    You are required to study piano and pass what is called a “Piano Competency” as a music major at Southern Miss.  This test is administered to you near the end of the final semester of piano class (MED 202) or in a course entitled Piano Competency (MED 302).  You will have the opportunity to either attempt the entire Competency Exam, or attempt part of the exam and be placed in the appropriate piano class.

    The placement test is in FAB 212 (immediately following the theory tests) at dates mentioned above.  If you have questions regarding the Piano Test, please contact Dr. Ellen Elder at ellen.elder@usm.edu.

    CLICK HERE FOR PLACEMENT FLYER .pdf


    Summer 2013 Preview


    Southern Miss holds a series of dates over the summer called “Preview.”  Transfer students are required to register for one of these dates.

    At Preview, you will:
    • Meet with your academic adviser and create your class schedule
    • Pre-order your textbooks
    • Get your student ID made
    • Have your questions answered during small-group sessions
    • Find out more about student organizations and opportunities to get involved on campus

Perhaps the most important thing to do during Preview is to register for your first semester of classes.  You will be brought to the School of Music for this.  It is extremely helpful if you bring a copy of your transcript; otherwise, registration may take longer and/or result in faulty advising.

Orientation dates for transfer students may be found at http://www.usm.edu/orientation/2014-orientation-schedule.

If you do not attend Preview, you will have to wait until the beginning of the semester to register, and class availability will be extremely low; therefore, we see it as a must to register for one of the Previews above and attend it.  We also recommend that you attend one of the earlier Previews, so that you can be more assured of getting into the classes that you want – the later you register, the harder it gets.

On a final note, new transfer students sometimes find that their transferred courses were not entered correctly into their Southern Miss degree progress report or are even missing.  This may occur for several reasons: final semester at your previous school has not yet been processed or even sent over to us, a glitch in the computer system, human error, etc.  Therefore, during your first semester at Southern Miss you should be sure that everything looks correct.  If not, please visit Ms. Cheryl Burnette as soon as possible to fix the problem.

Sophomore Proficiency Exam

Every student pursuing a bachelor of music degree at Southern Miss must perform an end-of-semester jury.  You are probably familiar with these.  However, every student in this category must also pass what is called a Sophomore Proficiency Exam (originally called Barrier Jury).  This examination is longer than the typical jury, and it tests the student’s ability to play at the upper-divisional level (200-level = freshmen and sophomores, or lower divisional; 400 = juniors or seniors, or upper divisional).  All music students in this category must pass this.

Students who begin their music degrees at Southern Miss typically take the Sophomore Proficiency Exam at the end of their sophomore year.  Transfer students are required to take it as soon as possible (usually at the end of a given semester, but permissible at auditions).  Transfer students can lose quite a bit of time at Southern Miss if they are not on already track to take this jury before they arrive.  Therefore, we strongly recommend that transfer students study the following requirements for their major instrument and are familiar with all or part of them before arriving to Southern Miss

Woodwind Instruments (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone)

  • Music Performance Majors:

Student must sign up for a double time-slot for the jury (20 minutes instead of 10 minutes)
All major and minor scales, as defined by the studio professor on that instrument
Supplementary technical material, as determined by the studio professor
Oral exam encompassing knowledge of literature, pedagogy, recordings, and performers, specific to the instrument
Solo work(s) representing major repertoire accompanied by piano, as chosen by the studio professor
Etude(s) as chosen by the studio professor

  • Music Education Majors:

Student must sign up for a double time-slot for the jury (20 minutes instead of 10 minutes)
All major and minor scales, as defined by the studio professor on that instrument
Supplementary technical material, as determined by the studio professor
Oral exam encompassing knowledge of literature, pedagogy, recordings, and performers specific to the instrument
Etude(s) and/or Solo work(s) representing major repertoire accompanied by piano, as chosen by the studio professor

 

Trumpet

  • Know all Major and Minor scales (Natural, Harmonic, and Melodic) - no arpeggios, quarter = 132.
  • Boheme - Etude no. 21
  • Brahms - Etude no. 3

Trombone
Tenor Trombone

  • Major Scales/All forms of Minor Scales/All arpeggios (2 Octaves)
  • #16 from Borgdogni/Mulcahy Complete Vocalises for Trombone
  • #6 from Bleger 31 Studies

Bass Trombone

  • Major Scales/All forms of Minor Scales/All arpeggios (2 Octaves)
  • #55 from Aharoni New Method for Bass Trombone
  • #16 (8vb) from Borgdogni/Mulcahy Complete Vocalises for Trombone

Percussion
Note
: Deficient Proficiencies must be completed before the end of a student’s first semester for the student to remain as a music major.  All but two proficiencies must be completed before a student can register for MUP 456.  All  proficiencies must be completed in order to receive a passing grade for MUP 456.

Music Ed, BA degrees
SnareLevel 1 and 2
MalletsLevel 1 - 4
SetLevel 1 - 3
TimpaniLevel 1 and 2
Latin Lab

Performance degree
SnareLevel 1 and 2
MalletsLevel 1 - 5
SetLevel 1 - 4
TimpaniLevel 1 and 2
Latin Lab

Jazz Studies degree
SnareLevel 1 and 2
MalletsLevel 1 - 5
SetLevel 2 - 6
TimpaniLevel 1
Latin Lab

 

Bowed Strings (Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Bass)

  • A selection, chosen by the jury, of memorized scales (G - D-flat for violin), in major and minor, with 4, 6 and 8 notes slurred per bow, and the related series of arpeggios, memorization not required
  • three works from among the required jury categories, one of which must be memorized

Guitar

  • Be able to perform any of the complete 120 Studies for the Right Hand by Mauro Giuliani
  • Be able to perform any of the complete diatonic major and minor scales as fingered by Andres Segovia with free- and rest-stroke as well as with all of the following right-hand alternation patterns: im, mi, ma, am, ia, ai, p, pi, ip, pm, mp, pa, ap
  • Perform one etude by Carcassi, Sor, Coste, or Villa-Lobos
  • Perform one movement of a work by J.S. Bach (preferably from an unaccompanied suite).

 

Piano
Three memorized pieces or movements from the standard repertoire

 

Voice

BME Choral/Vocal, BM Voice Performance, and BA with Voice Emphasis
For the Barrier Audition/Jury, each voice major will prepare and present six (6) contrasting pieces that must include the following four languages: English, Italian, German, and French. A total of three pieces will be sung, with the student selecting the first piece and the voice faculty selecting the subsequent two pieces. In order to pass the Barrier, the student must receive a majority vote of Pass by the voice faculty.

BM Voice Performance only:  In order to continue in the degree track, the student must also secure a majority Pass of the Performer’s Certificate. It is possible to pass the barrier and be denied the Performer’s Certificate.

 

HELPFUL LINKS

University’s Office of Admissions’ Transfer page http://usm.edu/admissions/prospective-transfer

University’s Preview information page http://www.usm.edu/preview

Music Theory page (practice tests found here) http://www.usm.edu/music/theory



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