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School of Music

SMPI ABOUT US

 

Our mission is to offer a quality education in piano to pre-college students and adults in the community, and to provide teacher training opportunities for Southern Miss students who are enrolled in pedagogy classes.  Our faculty is dedicated to help students reach their highest potential and to equip them with musicianship skills that can be applied to all areas of music.  All students enrolled in SMPI will receive private instruction, as well as performance opportunities in institute recitals, and in local festivals and events.  Weekly private instruction is offered in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute increments.  

Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities to perform.  At the discretion of the instructor, students are encouraged to participate actively in SMPI recitals (held at the end of each semester), HMTL (Hattiesburg Music Teachers League) recitals, and the various festivals and competitive events in the southern Mississippi region and beyond.

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Course Offerings 

PRIVATE LESSONS—MUSIC 

Weekly private instruction (14 weeks) 

Regular weekly private instruction is offered in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute increments.  Registration is made for each fourteen-week term.  Fees are higher for instruction with SMPI artist-faculty. 

 

Teacher Assignments: 

Once your registration form has been reviewed, you will be contacted for the purpose of arranging lessons with one of our faculty members.  In order to assure an optimal fit between instructor and student, a simple audition and discussion of your options in private study may be necessary.  Whenever possible, teacher preferences will be honored.  Please refer to the SMPI faculty listing in making your preference decision.   

  • SMPI Artist-Faculty—Performing artist, terminal degree or equivalent professional experience, full-time faculty member at USM, ample teaching experience 
  • SMPI Master Faculty—Highly qualified instructors/performers.  Master’s degree or equivalent teaching experience. 

Performance Opportunities

Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities to perform.  At the discretion of the instructor, students are encouraged to participate actively in SMPI recitals, MMTA/MTNA (Mississippi Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association) events, HMTL (Hattiesburg Music Teachers League) recitals, and the various festivals and competitive events in the southern Mississippi region and beyond.  For those events with sponsorship outside the SMPI, participation fees normally apply. 

  • SMPI student recitals:  At the end of each semester, SMPI will hold student recitals.  Please refer to the SMPI Academic Calendar for details. 
 
  • Faculty/guest artist recitals: Attendance at performances on the USM concert series is strongly encouraged.  Please refer to the USM website for details regarding upcoming events. 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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School of Music

115 Mannoni Performing Arts Center

Campus Hattiesburg

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Email
Laurie.RinkoFREEMississippi

Phone
601.266.5543