General Requirements

All music majors, minors, and certificate candidates studying applied music must attend and participate in regularly scheduled repertoire classes, departmental recitals, and take an examination before the faculty at the end of each semester.

All keyboard concentrators and certificate candidates are required each semester to accompany

either a singer, an instrumentalist, or one of the vocal ensembles.

Keyboard Proficiency: All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency in the areas of sight reading, performance, technique, and functional skills. The exam will be administered by the end of the first semester of the junior year and taken each subsequent semester until passed. Students must continue with piano lessons until the proficiency is passed. The exam must be passed as a whole. Students will not be allowed to pass portions at a time.

Upper Divisional: Performance concentrators are required to pass a special performance jury before being admitted to upper divisional status. This upper divisional exam, taken at the end of the fourth semester of applied study, consists of a 20-minute program.

Performance Concentration Admissions

Piano: To enter the performance concentration program in piano, students should have an adequate musical and technical background and should be able to play all major and minor scales. They should have had some learning experience in all periods of the standard student repertoire, such as the Bach 'Two-Part Inventions", the Haydn and Mozart sonatas, Mendelssohn Songs' without Words, and the Bartók Mikrokosmos.

Organ: To enter the concentrateon program in organ, the student should have completed sufficient piano study to play the Bach "Two-Part Inventions", Haydn and Mozart sonatas, and compositions by Chopin, Schumann, or Mendelssohn. The student should be able to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios.

Voice: To enter the concentration program in voice, the student should possess above-average vocal talent; evidence in ability to sing with correct pitch, phrasing, and musical intelligence; know the rudiments of music; and be able to sing a simple song at sight. A student should have experience in singing works from the standard repertoire.

Orchestral Instrument Requirements: To enter this concentration program, the student should possess an adequate musical and technical background in their instrument and have above-average performance skills.

Major in Music

Students must complete the following required courses for the major:

Students must complete the basic program, which includes the following courses:

  • *MUSC 1000: Integrative Music Theory I (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2000: Integrative Music Theory II (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2010: Integrative Music Theory III (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 3000: Music Composition (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 3110: Music History I (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 3120: Music History II (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 3532: Conducting (C- or higher)

*Though MUSC 1000 is a prerequisite for all music theory courses, students with a solid background may test out of the class.

Students must complete ONE music elective from the following list*:

  • MUSC 1100: Beatles (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2020: Music and the Mind (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2100: History of Jazz (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2110: Beethoven (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2120: The Age of Enlightenment – Mozart (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2130: Women in Music (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 2140: World Music – Globalization in Sound (C- or higher)
  • MUSC 3140: History of Opera (C- or higher)

*Other music electives may count, including Special Topics courses, with departmental approval.

Students must complete a senior seminar and comprehensive exam in their major:

  • MUSC 4900: Senior Seminar
  • Comprehensive Exam

In addition, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • 6 semesters of participation in an approved (one credit hour) ensemble
  • Keyboard Proficiency exam
  • Attendance at all recitals required by the Music Department

In addition to the required courses for the major, students must complete one of the following concentrations*:

Concentration in Music History

  • 1 history (HIST) course of the student's choice
  • 1 additional elective from the electives listed above
  • 4 semesters of applied studio lessons in one area (minimum of one credit hour each semester)
  • MUSC 4910: Undergraduate Thesis

Concentration in Music Theory and Composition

  • 8 additional credit hours in music theory and/or composition courses of the student's choice
  • MUSC 4910: Undergraduate Thesis

Concentration in Performance

  • 16 credit hours of applied studio lessons in one area
  • 1 shared half recital
  • 1 solo recital

Vocalists must also complete the following:

  • MUSC 4220: Vocal Pedagogy

*A student may concentrate in 2 of the 3 concentration areas with departmental approval.

A C- or higher is required for all courses within the major.

Major in Music with a Minor in Secondary Education

This degree program also fulfills the requirements for Millsaps' Teacher Certification and secondary licensure. Students must declare their Minor in Education when they declare their Major in Music.

Students must complete the following courses:

  • *MUSC 1000: Integrative Music Theory I
  • MUSC 2000: Integrative Music Theory II
  • MUSC 2010: Integrative Music Theory III
  • MUSC 3110: Music History I
  • MUSC 3120: Music History II
  • MUSC 3532: Conducting
  • MUSC 3542: Choral Methods
  • MUSC 4200: Music Methods for Today's Schools
  • EDUC 1000: Human Development in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • EDUC 3000: Effective Pedagogy and Classroom Management (K-12)
  • EDUC 3100: Education of the Exceptional Population
  • EDUC 4900: Clinical Practice

*Though Integrative Music Theory I is a pre-requisite for all other music theory courses, students with a solid background may test out of the class.

The Major in Music with a Minor in Education also requires the following:

  • 12 credit hours of applied studio lessons in one area
  • 6 semesters of participation in an approved (one credit hour) ensemble*
  • Keyboard Proficiency exam
  • Attendance at all recitals required by the Music Department
  • 1 shared half recital, or an approved equivalent project

*Vocalists must participate in Singers for 6 semesters.

Students must complete a senior seminar snd comprehensive exam in their major:

  • MUSC 4900: Senior Seminar
  • Comprehensive Exam

A C- or higher is required for all courses within the major.

Minor in Music

Students may complete the Minor in Music alone or in tandem with the Certificate in Performance.

Students must complete TWO courses in the Integrative Music Theory sequence:

  • *MUSC 1000: Integrative Music Theory I
  • MUSC 2000: Integrative Music Theory II
  • MUSC 2010: Integrative Music Theory III

*Though Integrative Music Theory I is a pre-requisite for all other music theory courses, students with a solid background may test out of the class.

Students must complete one music elective from the following list *:

  • MUSC 1100: The Beatles
  • MUSC 2020: Music and the Mind
  • MUSC 2100: History of Jazz
  • MUSC 2110: Beethoven
  • MUSC 2120: The Age of Enlightenment – Mozart
  • MUSC 2130: Women in Music
  • MUSC 2140: World Music – Globalization in Sound
  • MUSC 3140: History of Opera

*Other music electives may count, including approved Special Topics courses.

The Minor in Music also requires the following:

  • 4 semesters of applied studio lessons in one area (minimum of one credit hour each semester)
  • 4 semesters of participation in an approved (one credit hour) ensemble

A C- or higher is required for all courses within the major.

Certificate in Performance

Students may elect to earn a Certificate in Performance in voice, piano, organ, guitar, or an orchestral instrument (the latter with special permission).

The Certificate in Performance requires the following:

  • MUSC 1000: Integrative Music Theory I
  • 16 credit hours of applied studio lessons in one area
  • 6 semesters of participation in an approved (one credit hour) ensemble*
  • Attendance at all recitals required by the Music Department
  • 1 shared half recital
  • 1 solo recital

*Vocalists must participate in Singers for 6 semesters.

Vocalists must also complete the following:

  • MUSC 4220: Vocal Pedagogy

A C- or higher is required for all courses within the major.