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    Mississippi College
  Aug 05, 2020
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]


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Angela S. Willoughby, Chair
Professor (1999)

Benjamin Williams, Assistant Chair
Associate Professor (2010)

Lewis Oswalt
Professor (1989)

H. Edward Dacus, Jr.
Part-time Associate Professor (1999)

Viola Dacus
Assistant Professor (2001)

Craig S. Young
Director of Bands (1999)

Robert Knupp
Professor (2000)

Kristen P. Gunn
Associate Professor (2008)

Michael Rushing
Assistant Professor (2010)

Mark Nabholz
Associate Professor (2015)
Director of Choral Activities

Nicholas Perna
Assistant Professor (2015)

Tyler Kemp
Instructor (2014)

Support Staff

Dottie Serio
Secretary (2010)


Program Goals

The mission of the Department of Music is to provide the opportunity for students to gain the knowledge, understanding, skills and appreciation of music necessary to function at professional levels in their chosen areas. Individual degree programs are specifically designed to provide a foundation for development in those areas and to prepare students for meaningful careers in service to others. Faculty reflect Christian values, commitment to service, and personal concern for students in both classroom and studio, modeling for them the integration of faith and learning in scholarship and performance. The department offers cultural enrichment opportunities to the college community and the public in the form of applied lessons, concerts, recitals, and workshops.

The Music Department of Mississippi College is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The requirements of the department are in accordance with the published standards of that organization.

Admissions, Curricula, and Degrees

An audition before members of the music faculty is required of all students who declare music as a major.

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-third of the curriculum in music. 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 schools. (Educator licensure requirements will be found in this catalog under School of Education .) The Master of Music (M.M.) is also offered at Mississippi College.

Note Regarding Music Studio Classes

In Music studio classes, one semester hour of credit equals thirty minutes of private instruction per week for 14 weeks. In production classes, one semester hour may constitute up to 6 hours per week for 14 weeks. In ensembles, one semester hour equals 2-5 hours per week of rehearsal. Classes that do not carry credit include proficiencies, recital attendance, and ensembles


In accordance with standards of NASM, students majoring in music are required to register for a music ensemble EACH semester. The ensemble should correspond to the student’s performance area; therefore, instrumental majors will choose Band as their ensemble, voice majors will choose Choctaw Chorus or audition for Singers as their ensemble, and keyboard majors may choose from these ensembles.  Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Leadership or a Music Minor may choose the Worship Ensemble to fulfill part of their ensemble requirement.

Professional Music Organizations

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

The student chapter of NAfME was established on the campus of Mississippi College in September of 1959. Membership is open to all students planning to teach music in the public schools. The aim of the organization is to afford students an opportunity for professional orientation and development in the field of public school music while still in school.

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

The purposes of this organization shall be those as set forth in the National Constitution of the American Choral Directors Association and shall primarily consist of the fostering and promotion of choral singing that will provide artistic and spirited experiences for the participants.

The membership of this organization shall include students at Mississippi College who, because of their serious interest in the improvement of choral music and the profession of the choral director, have chosen to become members of the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

Performance Laboratory

All students majoring in music are required to participate in Performance Laboratory. These may take the form of Solo Hours or Studio Classes.

All music majors must complete eight semesters of Performance Lab attendance. Music minors must complete four semesters of Performance Lab. This is accomplished by registering for MUS 055  and obtaining the required points for each semester by attending both evening and afternoon recitals.


Realizing the importance of public performance for the applied music student, the Music Department sponsors Performance Laboratories, Degree Recitals, and Faculty/ Guest Recitals.

Degree Recitals for Majors

These recitals are designed to meet the requirements of the various music curricula and are presented in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

All applicants for the degree of Bachelor of Music in performance (with the emphasis in organ, piano, or voice) will be required to give recitals as follows: junior recital duration, 30 minutes; senior recital duration, one hour.

Composition majors will give a one-hour senior recital.

The applicant for the Bachelor of Music Education degree in music will be required to give a 30-minute recital in the senior year. This recital may be shared with another student.

Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree may present a 30-minute recital in the senior year, although it is not a requirement for degree completion.

Faculty/Guest Recital

Each semester several evening recitals will be presented by faculty performers or guest artists.

Music Handbook

The Department of Music publishes annually a Handbook which clarifies procedures and policies not contained in the Undergraduate Catalog. Handbooks are available on the music Web site ( and policies are discussed at the first Solo Hour of each fall semester. Students should understand that it is their obligation to abide by procedures as outlined in both the Undergraduate Catalog and the Music Department Handbook.

Advanced Standing

The process of achieving Advanced Standing qualifies a music major to enter upper division music courses and endorses the student’s work in the major area within music.

All students majoring in music will be assessed through an Advanced Standing Evaluation as to their potential for success in their chosen program of study. To be eligible for advanced standing, a student must have completed MUS 202 , MUS 206 MUS 077  (Aural Skills Proficiency) and four semesters of applied study in the major area with a minimum grade of C.  The Advanced Standing Evaluation usually takes place at the end of the sophomore year or in the first year after transferring.

Applied Area Assessment: Occurs after the completion of four semesters of applied study. At the fourth applied jury, the student will be assessed by the appropriate applied faculty according to the Advanced Standing processes established by that faculty. Typically, this includes a longer jury which includes one self-prepared piece (see your studio syllabus for the exact process in your area).   All music students will prepare and present an oral report related to one of their prepared pieces. The jury will be allowed to question the students and will weigh the effectiveness of the student’s oral communication as a part of the jury grade and worthiness to be granted Advanced Standing. Decisions concerning the eligibility of the students who are auditioning for an invitation into the applied performance programs will be made at this applied jury.

The Mississippi College Music Faculty is charged with the appropriate responsibility and reserves the right to make recommendations concerning a student’s choice of major. When the student has completed both parts of the process as cited above, the music faculty, in a subsequent meeting, will vote to endorse a student’s choice of major or recommend other directions. These endorsements/ recommendations will be documented by letter and sent to the student. Following discussion between the student and the advisor a copy of the letter with the recommendations will be placed in the student’s permanent file. Furthermore, students who have applied for entrance into the performance or composition areas will be notified in this letter as to their eligibility. The student should realize that these recommendations may involve a schedule change in order to place the student in a curricular track appropriate to their major.

Aural Skills Proficiency

 All music majors are required to complete the

  requirement (Aural Skills Proficiency). Students should begin the four-semester Aural Skills sequence (  -  ,   - ) their first semester at Mississippi College. The student will register for   concurrently with  . Successful completion of   with at least a C will constitute fulfillment of the Aural Skills Proficiency requirement.

Transfer students who have completed two years of ear-training courses at other schools will take an Aural Skills Diagnostic during registration in order to satisfy the Aural Skills Proficiency. In the case of an unsuccessful diagnostic, the student will be required to successfully complete

  with at least a C.

Aural Skills Proficiency must be completed the semester preceding student teaching. Aural Skills Proficiency must be completed before a student can schedule a senior recital.

Piano Proficiency

All music majors are required to complete the

  requirement (Piano Proficiency). Students should begin taking piano their first semester at Mississippi College in preparation for completion of the MUS 066 requirement.. The student will register for   each semester until the requirements are completed. Every student will be expected to take piano until he or she has completed these requirements.

Students may satisfy the piano proficiency in one of two ways:

  1. Successfully complete the 4-semester group piano sequence (  ,  ,  ,  ).
  2. Successfully complete a piano proficiency examination that is administered once per semester.

No student may take the proficiency or any part of the proficiency during the semester in which he or she graduates.  Piano Proficiency must be completed the semester preceding student teaching.  Piano Proficiency must be completed before a student can schedule a senior recital.

Theory Lab

MUS 011  Theory Lab is designed to assist students enrolled in MUS 101  Theory I. Music majors and minors are required to enroll in MUS 011  if their progress in MUS 101  is deemed unsatisfactory. Entry into this lab is at the discretion of the instructor of MUS 101 .


All applied lessons - voice, piano, instrumental, composition - have a fee* attached.  (See Financial Information  for current fee schedule)

* (Whether the student earns one or more credit hours, the fee is the same. This fee is in addition to hourly tuition for the course.)

Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.Ed.)

The curricula in Music Education are planned to give thorough and practical training in the fields recommended by the Mississippi Department of Education. These plans meet the requirements for licensure of elementary and secondary teachers in the State of Mississippi.

Honors Courses

By invitation of the Honors Council: see Honors Program   section of Undergraduate Catalog.

Graduate Study

The Music Department offers the following programs:
Master of Music in Music Education
Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance
Master of Music in Performance: Conducting, Organ, Piano
Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy





      Music Course Descriptions
      Applied Music

      Daily practice requirements are based upon the amount of credit to be earned. Repertoire requirements are also graduated according to the number of hours being earned each semester. Specific requirements regarding the repertoire can be obtained from your professor. Credit is given according to the following tables:

      2 semester hours per semester 10 hours per week
      1 semester hour per semester 8 hours per week

      Applied Music Requirements

      Students desiring to enroll for applied music, either as an elective or as an assisting course for a music degree, will be assigned a course number and an instructor by the Chair of the Music Department.

      The final exam for each applied music course is a jury examination. In the event of illness, an incomplete grade may be given by the instructor who will set a date for a make-up jury in the following regular semester.

      Freshman and Sophomore Junior and Senior Applied Performance Majors
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent    
      107-108 307-308 407-408
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent  
      111-112 311-312 411-412
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent  
      121-122 321-322 421-422
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent  
      131-132 331-332 431-432
      Strings and Guitar    
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent  
      141-142 341-342 441-442
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent  
      171-172 371-372 471-472
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent  
      181-182 381-382 481-482
      1 or 2 hours per semester, instructor’s consent  
      191-192 391-392 401-402

      Each semester hour of credit in applied music represents one-half hour of private study per week. It is recommended that Organ students register for two hours of study.

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