Departmental News

Dr. Jason Baker Commissioned to Compose Alabama All-State Etudes


Dr. Jason Baker, Professor of Percussion Studies, was commissioned by the Alabama Bandmasters Association to compose a collection of four marimba solos to be used over a 4-year period as audition music for the Alabama All-State Band. Titled "Red Earth Cycle," each movement is named after a landmark or historical aspect of the state of Alabama: Redstone, Sand Mountain, Mabila, and Sipsey. This...

MSU Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination Information


Following longstanding tradition, the MSU Department of Music will offer the written theory and aural dictation tests of the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Friday, August 14, 2020, starting at 8:30 a.m., in Music Building C. The Musicianship Skills test component of the Music Theory UDPE will be administered online via Webex appointment. Students who wish to take this...

Tubist Dr. Blake Ryall to Join Music Faculty


The Mississippi State University Department of Music is pleased to welcome Dr. Blake Ryall to our faculty as Lecturer of Tuba and Euphonium.  Dr. Ryall holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University, the Master of Music degree from East Carolina University, and the Bachelor of Music degree from Appalachian State University. "I am absolutely delighted to be joining the music...