Crista Cady spent nearly six months searching for the perfect Master of Music Education program.
“I really wanted a program that had everything I needed and Southern Miss was the perfect fit,” Cady said.
Among the many perks of the Online Music Education degree offered by the School of Music at The University of Southern is that it provides in-state tuition, no matter where a student lives.
Without ever stepping one foot on the Hattiesburg campus, Cady currently works on her degree from Soldotna, Alaska, which is about two hours south of Anchorage. The Missoula, Mo., native maintains a 4.0 GPA and works full-time for the county planning office in Alaska while working toward her music degree.
“There are online chats during the week. You can even raise your ‘digital hand’ to ask a question during class,” Cady explained. “My teachers have been great about personalizing the program to fit my needs. I want to be an elementary music education teacher when I finish my degree.”
Jeremy Morgan, a recent graduate of the program, agrees with the quality and flexibility the program offers. “The faculty at Southern Miss were outstanding,” said Morgan. “They understood that I was a working professional and provided me the space to accomplish my academic goals while fulfilling my professional responsibilities.”
Morgan, an Alabama native, is currently the director of band at Vancleave High School in Vancleave, Miss. “Being confronted with the need to understand educational perspectives outside the music room has improved my day-to-day teaching and has helped me to build stronger, more effective relationships with other teachers and administrators,” he said. “This is a rigorous, academically-meaningful program at an outstanding price.”
According to Dr. Jennifer Shank, assistant professor of music education, the Southern Miss Online Music Education degree typically takes between one-and-a-half to two years to complete, depending upon how many hours a student takes each semester.
“We have some students who finish in as little as one year. Whether you are wanting to go back to school so you can teach one day, or are a current working professional in the music world, we tailor the program to fit a student’s needs,” Shank said.
The Southern Miss Online Music Education program offers admissions in the fall, spring and summer. The deadline for 2010 summer registration is May 1 and August 1 for the fall.
For more information about the Southern Miss Music Education degrees, visit http://www.usm.edu/musiced.
Jeremy Morgan is director of band at Vancleave High School and a recent graduate of the new online music education program at The University of Southern Mississippi. (Submitted photo)
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