Departmental News

Nirdosh and Blaine

October 13, 2021

Nirdosh Shaunak visited students enrolled in World Music class on October 13th.  Topics of discussion included history of India, Hinduism, karnataka sangeeta, tala, raga, improvisation, sitar, the gurukula system, women in carnatic music and society, and gender roles.  Nirdosh played music on the sitar and answered questions about herself, her music, and Indian culture.  It is especially valuable...


PROMETHEUS

September 22, 2021

Bachelor of Music Education major Eli Denson contributed music for the MSU Honor College’s production of the Greek tragedy, Prometheus Bound, performed on September 21 and 22, 2021. Denson’s score bridges the gap between ancient Greece and the 21st Century by employing postminimalist compositional techniques in his score for solo cello, reshaping the audience’s perception of the drama within a...


Kent Sills

July 29, 2021

  Mississippi State University has announced that the Band/Choral Rehearsal Hall will be renamed the “Kent Sills Band Hall” in honor of former Director of Bands, Dr. Kent Sills. A ceremony honoring this occasion will take place during the 2021 Alumni Band Reunion on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm CDT at the facility. Members of the Sills family will be in attendance at the ceremony on...


July 24, 2021

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 Monday, August 16, 2021, 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...


Diagnostic Exam

July 20, 2021

Music majors and minors entering the theory sequence, should expect a test on the first day of class. The Diagnostic Exam serves to place students in the appropriate class, and to access students’ knowledge and readiness for Music Theory I and Ear Training I at the beginning of the semester.The Theory faculty recommends that students who earn a score below 70% to drop Music Theory I and Ear...


Upper Division Proficiency Examination

July 20, 2021

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 Monday, August 16, 2021, 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...


claiborne

June 24, 2021

Students enrolled in MUE 8033 - Current Topics performed a concert on June 24th for the residents at the Claiborne on Adelaide in Starkville.  Current Topics in Music Education is a required course in the summers-only Masters in Music Education degree offered at MSU.  Issues of focus this summer included equity, cultural appreciation, hip-hop as critical pedagogy, and bucket drumming.  The...


drum circle

June 2, 2021

May 20th was Drum Circle Day at the Partnership Middle School on the campus of Mississippi State University.  Dr. Bob (Professor of Music at MSU) and Amy Lee (General Music Teacher at the Partnership School) collaborated by facilitating 45-minute drum circle sessions for the 6th and 7th grade general music class students.  The Partnership School gives middles school students exposure to higher...


jembe den

May 15, 2021

JEMBE DEN, in collaboration with the Columbus High School Choir, performed three songs for the annual Eighth of May Emancipation Celebration. Their program included “Siyahamba,” a traditional Zulu song from South Africa; “Fanga Alafia,” a welcome song popularized by Babatunde Olatunji; and “Dzennaee,” a traditional kpanlongo song from the Ga people associated with Ghana’s struggle for...


Chris Boardman

May 12, 2021

MSU Department of Music is honored and excited to announce the partnership with The Piano and Its Perspective Project - EMAC/UFG in Brazil and its digital office, Portugal Science & Technology Foundation, Center for the Study in Sociology & Music Aesthetics, Portugal New University, and my colleagues: Andréa Luísa Teixeira (coordinator), Maria Caroline Porto, Sérgio de Paiva e Pablo...


All Saints

May 11, 2021

  STARKVILLE, Miss.—A faculty member in Mississippi State’s Department of Music has released a new album, his first recorded entirely on marimba. Professor Jason Baker’s “All Saints” is available for streaming and download on such popular sites as Bandcamp, Spotify and Apple Music. For digital album access, visit...


May 10, 2021

The MSU Department of Music will offer the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Monday, August 16, 2021, starting at 9:00 a.m., in Music Building C. Composed of three component tests – written theory, aural dictation, and musicianship skills – the Music Theory UDPE is an MSU music major degree requirement, not an entrance exam, that also enables participation in certain...


May 4, 2021

Shona Gordon, a piano student major in Biological Engineering, won first place at the Mississippi Music Teachers Association competition under the Freshman/Sophomore Piano Solo Division. She is a student of Piano Professor, Rebekah Moore. She performed Sergei Rachmaninoff's Prelude in B Minor, Op. 32 No. 10. MMTA is a not-for-profit organization whose funds are used solely to further the art of...


Poster

April 12, 2021

The premier of MSU and Brazilian and Portuguese institutions and universities partnership will be this coming Sunday, April 18, at 3:00 pm MS, 4:00 NYC, 5:00 pm in Brazil and 8:00 pm in Portugal. To listen to the broadcast interview, please click on the YouTube link: The Piano and its Perspectives (42ª edition, April, 18th), with David Dubal...


March 30, 2021

Junior Music Education major Eli Denson’s original composition for male choir,  “When Great Souls Die,” was premièred by Mississippi State University’s Men of State at the annual Spring Choral Concert, held at the MSU Amphitheatre on March 26, 2021, under the direction of Dr. Gary Packwood.  Based on a poem by Maya Angelou, Eli’s work explores how loss can bring pause, clarity, regret, and...


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