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Music Department

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The Music Department of Missouri Southern State University seeks to serve the University and its many constituents, in the following ways: by providing access to a general foundation in music education, by providing professional preparation to individuals interested in selected fields of study within the discipline of music, by providing an environment of cultural enrichment and by providing departmental support to the institutional commitment of the International Mission.

The Music Department acknowledges these activities as parts of its Mission:

  • music performance
  • teacher preparation
  • community involvement
  • the consistent delivery of a quality-driven curriculum
  • support of the institutional International Mission through travel, studies conducted abroad, international performance and studies directed in support of the International Semester
  • promote varied musical opportunities grounded in the Liberal Arts

Each degree prepares graduates for performance, studio teaching and/or continued study toward an advanced degree. In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Education degree prepares graduates for teaching in public education.

General education requirements for one course in Area F, Humanities and Fine Arts, are fulfilled by MUS 106 World Music.

All music majors (with exception of piano majors) are required to pass a piano proficiency examination prior to graduation.

The Jazz Collective

“There was an interest in putting together a compilation CD of the various ensembles on campus,” said Wise. “All of the ensemble directors were invited to record if we’d like, to create a CD for promotional and recruiting purposes.”

In December 2017, four of the university’s jazz combos came together to record tracks at Winterwood Recording Studios in Eureka Springs, Ark. “The intent was to record three or four pieces, but we had 13 prepared,” said Wise. “We recorded all of them in just six hours. I spoke to Dr. Keith Talley, chair of the Music Department, and asked if we could expand the project into a CD of just the jazz collective, and he agreed.”

Titled “The Jazz Collective,” the CD features the students performing a variety of jazz standards. Wise himself sat in on one track on trombone, and senior Bailey Roach lent her vocal talents.

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