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Music BM

The Bachelor of Music degree in Performance will provide outstanding undergraduate musicians tools for a professional career in music.

When You Think Music, Think Southern Miss

This degree is the most music-intensive of all undergraduate degrees offered in the School of Music. In addition to eight semesters of applied (private) lessons and ensemble participation, the BM Performance degree requires two solo recitals—a 30-minute junior recital and an hour-long senior recital—and courses in music theory and history.


  • MUS 199: Success for Music Majors. An introduction to being a music major. Course will focus on skills needed to be a successful music major, performer and teacher.
  • Applied Private Lessons. Hour-long, one-on-one lessons with a professional performer/faculty member
  • Music Theory. A wide range of courses with various levels of concentration
  • Capstone Experience. A music literature class for your instrument or voice

Degree Options

There are five Bachelor of Music (BM) degrees available with this major.

More about this Major


Performance training is coupled with an extensive list of music theory and history courses to ensure a well-rounded musician ready for the next step, whether graduate school or a career as a professional musician.

The School of Music gives over 200 performances a year and has over 40 faculty members: music historians and educators, conductors, instrumentalists and vocalists.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Nick Ciraldo

Associate Professor of Guitar

Favorite Course: MUS 446/546: Instrumental Literature

Expertise: Guitar

Dr. John Wooton

Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies 

Favorite Course: All of the Percussion Ensembles

Expertise: Percussion


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