About Us

Mississippi State University is a comprehensive land grant institution ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Very-High Research Activity University and is a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Department of Music is a part of the College of Education and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The department is proud of a new $21 million state-of-the-art, 37,000-square-foot music facility that complements the Sills Band Hall. This complex includes classrooms, a choral rehearsal hall, faculty offices, sound-proof practice rooms, a recording studio, a recital hall, a student lounge, and an administrative suite.

Choir director

The Department of Music is comprised of multiple interrelated areas of study that include Band, Brass, Choir, Collaborative Piano, Music Education, Music History, Music Theory, Orchestra, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Vocal, World Music, and Woodwind Studies. Students in MSU’s Department of Music have access to dedicated faculty and excellent ensembles at a world-class research university. The department offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music Education.

Two vocal professors performing

Our faculty members are nationally recognized scholars and artists, and they are strongly committed to fostering student learning and academic achievement. Our unique student-to-faculty-professional musician ratio ensures each student the individual attention desired in a  professional setting.