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.
The School of Music provides a wealth of valuable opportunities for the professional and artistic growth of our students. Our faculty members perform at major venues around the world and teach at international festivals and conferences every year, and our student ensembles have been featured performers at national conventions, including the World Saxophone Congress and the Denton (Texas) Arts and Jazz Festival.
The Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies requires eight semesters of applied (private) lessons, eight semesters of jazz ensemble participation, and four semesters of jazz combo participation.
The capstone for the BM Jazz Studies degree is a full senior solo recital, which includes historical transcription, arranging and composition, and stylistic specifications. This performance training is coupled with an extensive list of music theory and history courses to ensure a well-rounded musician.
There is one Bachelor of Music (BM) degree available.
This degree prepares students to both go on to graduate school in jazz as well as move into the "real world" as freelance musicians.
Associate Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
Favorite Course: MUS 367: Improvisation
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.