Mississippi College

As a Music major, you’ll take foundational courses in topics such as:

  • Instrumental performance
  • Vocal performance 
  • Music theory 
  • Song literature
  • Aural Skills
  • Popular music & society

The curriculum is carefully designed to give talented students the opportunity to develop in both knowledge and skill, acquiring musical theory while refining musical ability. Outstanding practice labs and rehearsal facilities help students develop the discipline and commitment of the musician’s lifestyle. Opportunities for musical performance offer experience with the joy of bringing uplifting music to an audience. Dedicated faculty — who are accomplished musicians themselves — exhibit the Christian values and commitment to service that we hope to instill in our graduates.

Choose Your Focus

  • Music Performance – Piano, Organ, Voice, or Voice with an emphasis in Music Theatre
  • Church Music – Instrumental, Keyboard, or Voice 
  • Music Composition
  • Music Education – Instrumental, Piano or Voice K-12

The MC Experience

MC’s Department of Music can look back at a long and storied heritage. A member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1951, our musical history actually goes back even further… more than a hundred years. Today, our accomplished music students compete all over the country — even the world — winning awards at NATS, MMTA and other competitions. Not to mention wowing audiences in Europe, America, and here at home with their performances in Mississippi College Singers, Women’s Chamber, Men’s Glee, Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. Currently, we have 80 undergraduate and 25 graduate students enrolled in the Music program.

How You’ll Learn

Music majors benefit from impressive facilities for practice and performance. Aven Fine Arts Building includes an auditorium for opera and music theater productions, and sixteen practice pianos including two grand pianos. The Mississippi College Band Hall holds a major rehearsal hall, practice rooms and music library. Leland Speed Library contains nearly 4,500 music-related volumes, and the Learning Resources Center contains 2,467 musical scores, 2,009 CDs, 3,967 records and 337 music videos, providing a wealth of research material. Swor Auditorium is an impressive performance space seating up to 823 guests. The Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall is a newly renovated space featuring two 7’ Steinway grand pianos and a 9’ Baldwin.

Music students also take their show to the road. MC Singers travel internationally every three years. And many other great travel opportunities abound, with students traveling nationally and abroad to attend piano competitions and perform for new audiences.

Interested in theater? Students can audition for main stage productions from Broadway musicals to classical operas. Getting cast in big shows helps students gain valuable stage experience for their future careers.

For aspiring composers, the Music Technology Lab will probably become a favorite spot. It holds 10 Mac G4 workstations, equipped with Finale 2010, iLife, Garage Band, Audacity and more. There, students can compose music, experiment with electronic music, conduct internet research and create MIDI sequences.

Recently, students participated in the first annual Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Composer’s Forum. Under the direction of Maestro Crafton Beck, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performed and discussed the compositions of student composers in a workshop setting.

Internships give music students an edge. Music students have interned at College Light Opera Company, Intermezzo Opera, Songfest at Pepperdine University, and the Taylor School at Mississippi College (a musical education program for the community). Music Education students get hands-on, classroom experience at public schools in Clinton, Pearl, Madison, Ridgeland, Jackson, Vicksburg, and more, teaching in elementary and choral settings.

What You’ll Do

Join our student chapter of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), dedicated to developing appreciation and understanding of choral music. ACDA conferences offer professional networking opportunities.

Participate in the National Association for Music Education, the largest music education organization in the world. Members receive national journals Music Educators Journal and Teaching Music, perform community service, attend conferences, and learn from special events led by outside music educators.

Perform in one — or several — of MC’s award-winning musical ensembles.

Singers

Mixed-voice audition ensemble — our premier choral group that recently performed in England, Italy and Slovenia.

Women’s Chamber

Performing standard and contemporary literature, with membership open to the entire female student body.

Men’s Glee

Performing standard and contemporary literature, with membership open to the entire male student body.

Symphonic Winds

Performing twentieth century and historical compositions for wind instruments.

Fall Concert Band

Performs similar music to Symphonic Winds, but with fewer rehearsals and performances.

Jazz Band

Saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm instruments perform music from all jazz periods, from the Big Band Era to the present.

Choctaw Marching Band

Musical performances for half-time shows of MC home football games during the fall semester.

Opera Theatre

Fully-staged productions of operatic classics like Die Fiedermaus, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Too Many Sopranos, and The Marriage of Figaro.

Musical Theatre

Fully-staged musicals with productions such as The Sound of Music, The Secret Garden, Little Women, Guys and Dolls, and Les Miserables.

Where You’ll Go

Recent Graduates

Our recent graduates are making a joyful noise in exciting new careers. Music Education graduates are teaching at Florence High School, Clinton High School, Southwood (LA) High School, Madison County Public Schools and Jackson County Public Schools. Others are attending graduate school at the Brooklyn Conservatory, Mercer University, Mississippi College, Florida State University, University of Kentucky, and Louisiana State University.

Outstanding Alumni

Jeremy Little is a contracted chorus member with The Metropolitan Opera Company in NYC. Chris Crook is the Minister of Music and Worship at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Gerald White is a freelance singer in Hollywood, California. Dan Fenn is an accomplished organist and choirmaster at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, Minnesota. Tonya Morgan Kirk is an instructor at the North Carolina School for the Arts.

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