Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of background do I need to major in music?
Students come to MC as music majors with a variety of backgrounds. Many have had years of piano, instrumental or choral experience, while many possess an obvious gift for music but have had little formal experience. Our curriculum is designed to meet the varied needs of our entering students.
What majors does the music department offer?
The student majoring in music may choose the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.M.), or the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.Ed.) degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music is a broad program with approximately one-half of the curriculum in music with an option for various minors. The Bachelor of Music degree is designed for the student who is interested in music as a profession. The Bachelor of Music Education degree, which is designed to meet the standard educator licensure requirements for teachers of music, is for the student who plans to teach in elementary and secondary schools. (Educator licensure requirements may be found in the catalog under School of Education.)
What kind of classes would I take?
All music majors take the same classes their first two years, regardless of emphasis. Entering students will take classes in music theory, ear training and music history. All majors are required to participate in an ensemble and attend a specified number of on-campus recitals and concerts. You will also study piano and take private lessons with a professor in your discipline—voice, instrumental, guitar or keyboard.
What will I get at Mississippi College that I won't get anywhere else?
There are certainly many institutions you may attend that will provide outstanding music instruction, and you will certainly receive that at MC. We believe that in addition to excellent musical training, you will also become a part of a community of musicians and scholars that is intentional about integrating faith and learning. We are large enough to offer the latest in music technology, wonderful facilities for rehearsal and performance, international experiences, and concerts of the highest quality, while being small enough to allow us to know you as an individual and participate fully in your growth as a musician and a person.
After graduation, are students employed in their field?
Music professors regularly receive inquiries concerning our graduates. MC has a strong reputation of producing quality young music educators who are sought for positions around the state and region. Our professors are proactive in finding employment for our graduates, and the success rate of our students is extremely high.
What about student housing and other student services?
Visit the Office of Residence Life page for more information.
Is financial aid available for me?
There is financial aid available for music majors in the form of music scholarships and ensemble scholarships. These awards are made on the basis of an audition that is required of all potential music majors.