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Music Education

This degree is innovative and practical, and the curriculum prepares graduates to be among the finest music teachers in the nation.

When You Think Music, Think Southern Miss

The curricula in music education are designed to prepare musicians who will teach in public or private schools or teach privately.

The emphasis areas are designed to provide a balance between music performance, music pedagogy (the practice of teaching) and general education. Among the courses in the degree plan, there are many that are unique and noteworthy. These curricula are fully certified by the National Association of Schools of Music, and satisfy teacher licensure requirements.

Coursework

Music education students are well trained in music theory, music performance (via private lessons and ensembles), and music education. Students explore and develop mature skills in playing and/or singing various levels of music, while gaining the ability to formulate rehearsals, make music selections, and devise performance goals for various types of music classes, concerts, festivals, competitions, and auditions.

Degree Options

There are two Bachelor of Music Education (BMEd) degrees available with this major.

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Outcomes

While at Southern Miss, music education students not only succeed in their preparation to become future music leaders, but succeed as performers in their own right as well, winning state and national performance awards.

Additionally, the program has seen an increase in undergraduate music student research, with numerous students selected to present their findings at local and state research conferences.

Within the past four years, 100% of our BMEd graduates have been placed in jobs or graduate music programs in their first year of seeking employment or graduate program admission.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Amanda Schlegel

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Favorite Course: MED 199: Tenets of Effective Music Teacher Preparation

Expertise: Music education

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