MSU announces new degree program for music educators

Contact: Sammy McDavid

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Beginning in the summer of 2018, Mississippi State will offer a new master’s degree designed primarily to benefit working music educators.

Addition of the graduate program in music education was announced recently by Barry E. Kopetz, head of the Department of Music in the university’s College of Education.

“The MME is a practitioner’s degree,” Kopetz said. Full-time graduate students should be able to complete the program over three consecutive summers on the MSU campus. Separate concentrations will be available in choral, elementary and instrumental music, he explained.

The 32-hour curriculum includes 14 hours of core courses, eight hours in the chosen concentration and 10 hours of electives, Kopetz said.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, MSU’s Department of Music currently offers two undergraduate degrees. The bachelor of arts is a cooperative program with the College of Arts and Sciences, while the bachelor’s in music education is a longtime tradition in the College of Education.

To obtain additional details about the new graduate program, contact Kopetz directly at 662-325-3070 or

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