The Department of Music is comprised of nine interrelated areas of study.


The Famous Maroon Band at Mississippi State University has one of the oldest traditions in the Southeast and has been a significant part of the Mississippi State family for more than 117 years.

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Brass players enjoy a variety of challenging and engaging experiences at Mississippi State University, consisting of in-depth instruction from a faculty of accomplished professionals and participation in demanding solo and ensemble performance.

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Mississippi State University Choral Activities is a thriving area for music majors and non-majors wishing to sing and perform in college.

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Music Education Partnerships

The mission of Music Education Partnerships is to increase meaningful collaborations between professional musicians and K-12 public school students through programs which emphasize creativity, celebrate cultural diversity, and strengthen musical skills and knowledge.

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Mississippi State University Percussion serves students majoring in music and music education, as well as non-majors involved in ensembles and applied study, with a goal of providing students with high-quality performance experiences that can both aid in their chosen career paths and enable a deeper understanding of music, regardless of major.

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A core mission of the Mississippi State University piano program is to prepare students for professional careers with a well-rounded education in music as well as solo and collaborative performance.

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Whether refining classical masterpieces, exploring contemporary music, or embarking on the educational field, the string area at MSU's Music Department cultivates a harmonious space where your passion builds your future.

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Theory and History

The Music History, Music Theory and Composition Area offers students the opportunity to put their musical activities in a broader cultural and analytical context.

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The woodwind studios at Mississippi State University provide an intensive learning atmosphere where students interact with artist faculty and work toward the achievement of their fullest musical capability.

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