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Music Education

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Music Education

When You Think Music, Think Southern Miss

An innovative and practical degree with a curriculum that prepares graduates to be among the finest music teachers in the nation. The emphasis areas are designed to provide a balance between music performance, music pedagogy (the practice of teaching) and general education. While at Southern Miss, music education students not only succeed in their preparation to become future music leaders, but succeed as performers, winning state and national performance awards.

This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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2BMEd degrees
99%Job Placement
25+Ensembles

What Will I Learn?

Music education students receive world class training in music theory, music performance through private lesson study and ensemble experience, and the art of teaching music. Students explore and develop mature skills in playing and/or singing various levels of music, while gaining the ability to effectively conduct rehearsals, choose repertoire, and develop appropriate performance goals for various types of music classes, concerts, festivals, competitions, and auditions.

This degree prepares students to take the Praxis II exam. Successful scoring on this exam, along with a carefully supervised real world field experience leads to teacher certification in the State of Mississippi.

Academic Scholarship:  Presidential, National Merit, Academic Excellence, Golden Opportunity, Regional, Leadership and Lucky Day scholarships are available through the Admissions Office. 

School of Music Scholarships: Prospective students who audition (as music majors or as non-majors) for the SOM are considered for these competitive music scholarships. 

Foundation Scholarship Finder:  Donors to the USM Foundation have set up scholarships to assist individual students that meet criteria specified by the donor. 

Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): If you are interested in state and federal financial aid the USM School code for FAFSA is 002441.

Dr. Edward Hafer, Musicologist and Director of the Study Abroad Program to Vienna, Austria. Each summer Dr. Hafer travels to Vienna with an entourage of both graduate and undergraduate students from the School of Music and the Honors College for a two and a half week journey to visit and study Vienna's major historic sites - all relative to Music History. Learn more about Study Abroad on the Study Abroad website.

Faculty Spotlight: SOM Welcomes Dr. Ashley Allen and Melody Causby

To continue to build on its prestigious reputation for preparing some of the world’s finest music educators and with an eye toward the classroom of the future, the School of Music is pleased to welcome Dr. Ashley Allen, Assistant Professor of Music Education (choral), and Melody Causby, Assistant Professor of Music Education (instrumental) to Southern Miss.

 

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School of Music

115 Mannoni Performing Arts Center

Hattiesburg Campus

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601.266.5544

  • Music Teacher
  • Private Music Instructor
  • Band and Choral Director
  • Music Director
  • Musicologist
  • Performer
  • Cristian Escobaro, BME 2017, 
    Teaching Artist at Miami Music Project
  • Anastasia Talley, B.M.E Choral/Vocal 2012
    performing artist; Utah Opera; "Dream Girls"; Victoria’s Secret Broadcast; Youtuber
  • Kevin Mulleno, BME 2017
    Assistant Director of Bands at Warren Central High School, Vicksburg, MS
  • Jonathan Holladay, BME/BM 2016, 
    United States Naval Band, Pacific Fleet, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dr. Gregory Springer, (BME, MME) and trombone performance (BM), 
    Assistant Professor of Music Education at Florida State University