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Department of Music
College of Liberal Arts


The Department of Music is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities in music education, performance, and technology, enabling students to develop the skills required to assume leadership roles in music education, the music industry, and supporting fields. The Department of Music offers courses and performance opportunities which broaden the musical education in the liberal arts tradition and provide artistic enrichment for students, faculty, the community, state and nation.

Undergraduate Studies

The Jackson State University Department of Music offers Undergraduate music curriculums as follows: 

Bachelor of Music Education:  a fully accredited program, the Music Education major offers students a rigorous preparation to become educational leaders in K-12 Public and Private Schools. Coursework throughout the program emphasizes the importance of relationships in teaching while creating educational opportunities that are relevant to students and congruent with the music education needs within the State of Mississippi. Students in the Music Education program become well-versed in methods of educating students across the lifespan early childhood through high school grade levels that include performing, creating, and responding to music in multiple types of educational settings.Upon successful completion of the major requirements, including passing the PRAXIS CORE (Core Academic Skills for Educators in Math, Reading, and Writing), PRAXIS II Music Content Area, and Principals of Learning and Teaching (PLT), ensemble and Private lesson participation, coursework, Senior Recital, Pre-Clinical and Clinical experience hours in schools, and 12 weeks of student teaching, students are certified by the Mississippi Department of Education Division of Educator Licensure to teach at the elementary through secondary levels (Vocal/Classroom or Instrumental/Classroom) using Class A Bachelor’s Level License. Instrumental music education majors require additional hours in piano and voice to qualify for a K-8 music endorsement. All of our graduates have been successfully placed in public school teaching positions while some have proceeded on to receive their Master’s and Doctorate degrees. (Licensure Disclosure)

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BME) – Keyboard Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BME) -Vocal Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BME) -Instrumental Emphasis

Bachelor of Music in Performance (Piano, Vocal, Instrumental): prepares students to become professional musicians and or prepares them for entrance to graduate or professional school. 

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM) -Instrumental 
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (BM) -Instrumental
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM) -Vocal 
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM) – Piano 

Bachelor of Music in Performance (Technology Emphasis): prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in the music technology and media industries, as well as positions in academic research. 

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Technology (BM)
Minor in Music): offered for students who wish to minor in music as part of a liberal arts education.



Programs of Study

Orff-Schulwerk Music Institute

Undergraduate Music Student Handbook

Graduate Music Student Handbook

Student Recital Form



For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2141.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.

Department of Music


Jackson State University
Department of Music
F.D. Hall Music Center
JSU Box 17055
Jackson, MS 39217-0155


Phone: 601.979.2141
Fax: 601.979.0858