Departmental News

Deontrae Peyton holding a trombone

April 26, 2020

Deontrae Peyton, a Freshman Music Education major in the Department of Music at Mississippi State University, composed two original works for high school concert band that were just released by Wingert-Jones Publications, whose music is nationally distributed by JW Pepper.  Refuge,...

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April 22, 2020

Music educators looking to enhance their teaching skills through graduate studies are encouraged to discover the Master of Music Education degree program at Mississippi State. The university and Department of Music are...

March 19, 2020

Senior music education major Jared Potter has received a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Florida, where he will be starting a Master of Music in Percussion degree this fall. His duties will include assisting with the percussion ensemble, teaching percussion methods class, teaching non-major/minor applied lessons, and other activities.

March 19, 2020

The Department of Music recognizes the challenges prospective students face in auditioning for the 2020 school year if they have not already done so.  We have developed these resources to help you with the process.  Please see the following for more information: Woodwind/Brass: https://www.msuband....

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March 6, 2020

Professor Damm provided an interactive percussion program for children attending the STEM Fair Day on February 29th.  This event was hosted by The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and held at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Starkville.  Dr. Damm’s participation was arranged by Dr. John Ramirez-Avila, the SHPE faculty advisor.

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March 6, 2020

Jembe Den is an African percussion ensemble comprised of Dr. Robert Damm’s students.  They play for cultural and educational programs throughout Mississippi.  Their repertoire includes the dance rhythms of the West Africa and the African diaspora traditionally associated with social gatherings, festivals, and community celebrations.  Jembe Den performed at three locations on February 28th in...

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March 6, 2020

Dr. Damm facilitated a drum-a-ganza celebrating Black History Month on Thursday, February 27th at the J. L. King Center in Starkville. The center provides an after-school program for children ages 6-15, which focuses on academic achievement, provides mentorship, and serves healthy meals.  The program was arranged by Latalla Harris, the director of the center.  More than 35 children participated...

February 27, 2020

MSU faculty member Jason Baker will perform at the Music by Women Festival, held at the Mississippi University for Women, March 5-7. He will perform “McKenzie River Ferns,” for solo marimba, which he commissioned from Starkville composer and violin teacher Shandy Phillips in 2018. Information for other performances and presentations at the festival can be viewed here:...

January 14, 2020

Two MSU percussion students received 1st place in the Mississippi Percussive Arts Society Timpani Competition. Senior Music Education Major David Jenkins won the Upperclassman/Graduate Student Division and Sophomore Music Education Major Romar Sillo won the Underclassman Division. Each performed a required piece, commissioned for the competition, and will give a feature performance at the...

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January 13, 2020

  The annual gathering of Mississippi's band directors is a wonderful opportunity for professional development, and faculty, students, and alumni from the Department of Music were very involved in the programming for this year's State Band Clinic in Natchez: Six Department of Music graduates and one faculty member gave clinic presentations: Chad Austin, Ben Burge, Tamiko Bridges, Stephanie...

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January 9, 2020

  Mississippi State University is recognizing four outreach projects with the university’s second annual Community Engagement Awards.  Awards are given in four categories: community-engaged service, community-engaged teaching and learning, community-engaged research, and scholarship of engagement.  Winning projects receive $3,000 to further community-engagement activities. To be honored with a...

Image of Composer at the Piano

January 6, 2020

A new web page devoted to musical composition in the Department of Music has been created on our web site to encourage creativity on our campus. Featuring facts about creativity and compostion as well as quotes from current and former student composers, this page will also include future compositions.


December 8, 2019

Professor Bob presented a hands-on musical experience in African drumming on December 5th for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students at Belle-Shivers Middle School in Aberdeen, MS.  The students learned basic techniques for playing African drums, bells, rattles and other percussion instruments.  The students played in-the-moment improvisations based on foundations in traditional African and...

December 2, 2019

MSU faculty members Jason Baker (marimba soloist) and Clifton Taylor (conductor) will present Taylor’s “Concertpiece for Marimba and Wind Ensemble” with the Starkville High School Wind Ensemble” on Thursday, December 12 at the Natchez City Auditorium as part of the Mississippi Bandmasters Conference. Baker commissioned this piece and gave the premier with the MSU Wind Ensemble in 2017. It was...

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November 24, 2019

  November 22 was World Tour Day at Madison Middle School. Seven different groups of 6th graders attended Dr. Bob’s center to experience African drumming. One group was selected to play for the closing all-school assembly. The purpose of the program was to provide a culmination/celebration to conclude the Social Studies unit on the seven continents of the world.  The students dressed as tourists...

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