About this Bachelor's Degree

The music education degree prepares students for the academic, musical,and social challenges of tomorrow.

Two-thirds of the curriculum consists of courses in music theory, music history, music education and music performance.

Faculty feel strongly that it is equally important to be an excellent performer as it is to be an excellent teacher.

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Music has a longstanding international reputation for musical excellence.

The school is recognized for its eminence in musical artistry, education and community service. Serving more than 475 majors from the United States and 15 countries, the school maintains a strongly diverse student population.

In fact, we have granted a higher percentage of music doctorates to African-American students than any other institution of higher learning in the country.

We are the only doctoral degree-granting School of Music in Mississippi and one of only 28 comprehensive doctoral-degree-granting Schools of Music in the 500-plus music schools accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives

  • The ability to realize a variety of music styles through using information gained across the music curriculum.
  • The ability to perform at levels associated with a bachelor’s student.
  • The ability to understand and apply the technical skills needed for artistic self-expression in music.
  • The ability to understand and demonstrate the relationship of music within historical context.
  • The ability to relate historical, social and artistic developments to music of various time periods.
  • The Student will be able to hear, identify and work conceptually with the elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, structure, timbre and texture.
  • The student will have the ability to read and analyze musical notation.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate keyboard skills needed to teach K-12 music.
  • The ability to plan and implement music instruction with grade appropriate goals, objectives and assessments.
  • The ability to demonstrate the relationship between learning sequence in music and the physical, psychological, and emotional development of students from early childhood through high school
  • The ability to use conducting techniques appropriate to the music forms and styles performed by academic performance groups.