School of Music
When you think music, think Southern Miss
The School of Music is dedicated to its longstanding international reputation for excellence. We provide musical and educational opportunities for professional and artistic growth. You will work with distinguished faculty who perform on world-class stages and teach at international festivals. You will also perform in ensembles such as the Southern Chorale, the USM Symphony Orchestra, the USM Wind Ensemble, the USM Opera and Musical Theatre, and the USM Jazz Band. You will perform at regional, national, and international events, and attend master classes with guest artists. At USM you will master your musical artistry and thrive as a 21st-century musician.
The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
We have excellent performance programs including Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Opera, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Percussion, Guitar, and Piano. We have strong programs in Music Education, History, and Theory; and private lessons on all instruments and voice.
By The Numbers
We are the flagship music institution in the State of Mississippi, having more than 40 full-time faculty members whose disciplines range from musicology, theory, educators, as well as conductors, instrumentalists and vocalists.
Why Choose the School of Music?
- We are the only School of Music in Mississippi that has a full-time faculty member in residence who specializes in every wind, brass, percussion, and string instrument.
- With over 300 performances a year, our students receive a hands-on performance experience.
- Our ensembles host renowned guest artists and perform with legendary musicians of every genre, from Plácido Domingo to Yo-Yo Ma.
Learn about the transfer student admission and piano competency exams and class piano placements.