Aug 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music (Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy) MM


The candidate in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy develops a fundamental mastery of all woodwind instruments, thereby, enhancing their ability to teach all five woodwind instruments.


Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the master's degree programs of the School of Music requires expectations beyond those in the Graduate Bulletin. Admission to graduate study does not imply admission to candidacy for a master's degree. Members of all under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Students seeking regular admission to master's level programs at The University of Southern Mississippi must:

  • Have a "B" average or better on music courses in the undergraduate degree 
  • Have a grade point average of at least 2.75 (A = 4.0) on the last two years of undergraduate study
  • Pass a candidacy audition. 
  • Statement of Purpose to include your area of specialization and your reasons for seeking an advanced degree.
  • Submit at least three strong letters of recommendation and/or undergo a successful personal interview.

Candidacy Audition

Audition for the appropriate jury (recordings are acceptable), demonstrating performance ability on at least two woodwind instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon.

Program Requirements and Academic Policies

Diagnostic Examinations 

All entering master's students are required to take a Diagnostic Entrance Examination in music theory and in music history & literature. The purposes of this examination are 1) to determine whether the student has foundation-level deficiencies that need to be addressed in order for her/him to be successful in graduate courses and on the comprehensive examination; and 2) to provide information that will guide the student and his/her advisor in selecting useful and appropriate academic courses.  

Diagnostic Examinations are administered on campus in fall, spring, and summer each Thursday and/or Friday preceding the first day of classes or as announced by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Newly admitted students should always see the Coordinator for the most up-to-date information.

Students who do not pass the history diagnostic exam must enroll in MUS 630.  Students who do not pass the theory diagnostic exam must enroll in MUS 620. These courses must be included within the first two semesters of graduate work.  Exceptions to this requirement may be granted for the summer semester only and will be considered on an individual basis.  

Students who do not pass the history diagnostic exam must enroll in MUS 630.  Students who do not pass the theory diagnostic exam must enroll in MUS 620. These courses must be included within the first two semesters of graduate work.  Exceptions to this requirement may be granted for the summer semester only and will be considered on an individual basis.  Undergraduate music theory and/or history courses may be required as prerequisites to further study in graduate music theory or history.  Students who do not pass the music theory review, or the history review (or required undergraduate courses) will not be allowed to enroll in further study in music history or music theory unless the grade of "B-" or better is earned in the required prerequisite course(s).  

NOTE: Only the MME (Online) students may enroll in the online Music Theory or History courses – MUS 620X and MUS 630X, respectively, for graduate credit.  Resident students must enroll in MUS 620 and MUS 630.  

Advisory committee

The Advisory Committee for the M.M. in Woodwind Performance and Pedagogy normally consists of all five professors from the woodwind division of the School of Music.

Special Problems Courses (MUS 692, 792, MED 692, 792) 

Students cannot enroll in special problems courses without appropriate approval. Petitions requesting permission to enroll are available on the School of Music website at

Petitions must be submitted to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies by the end of SOAR open registration. Special Problems courses demand a minimum of 45 hours work for each hour of credit earned. It is expected that the result of any problem undertaken be available for faculty examination; copies of term papers, examinations, or compositions must be turned in to the Coordinator for this purpose.

Comprehensive Exam

A written comprehensive exam is required. The test will be prepared and graded by the student's Graduate Advisory Committee; it will cover the area of the major field.  Master's comprehensive exams dates will be posted by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the summer of the ensuing Academic Year. Announcements are made approximately two (2) months prior to the exams.  The dates will be in October (fall dates may vary), April, and July. The exact dates of the examinations are determined by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies and are publicized as soon as the University's Academic Calendar is available. 

Students must register for the exam two months in advance with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. The Coordinator of Graduate Studies must receive the results of the comprehensive examination in time to notify the University Registrar and the Graduate Office (i.e., no later than the last day of general exams for presenting signed theses to the Graduate Office).

A student who fails the Comprehensive Examination may repeat the exam once; the test must be repeated within one year of the first comprehensive examination.

See the Graduate Bulletin for a more detailed definition of plagiarism or contact your major professor, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, School of Music Director or Graduate School Dean if you have any questions.

Recital Requirements 

Before scheduling a recital, the student must contact all members of the Advisory Committee and work to find a date that all can attend.  In order for the recital to be given, a majority of the Advisory Committee (at least 2 of 3) must be in attendance.  If members of the committee are unable to attend, a quality recording must be provided.  At least fourteen days before the recital, the student must issue a written or emailed invitation to each member of his or her committee.  If recitals are required by the student's degree plan, the Advisory Committee will:

Approve the repertoire in writing (students must fill out a Recital Repertoire Approval Form and return it to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies no later than one month prior to the recital date), attend the recital, and then all members must grade the recital as Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U).

At least 2 of the 3 members must judge the recital satisfactory for it to count.

Should a recital be judged Unsatisfactory, another recital, at a date determined by the Advisory Committee, must take place.

Should a recital be canceled or postponed until a succeeding semester, the recital will be graded "E" (course in progress) or "I" (incomplete).  When the grade of "E" is given, the student must re-register for the course and receive a letter grade for that course.

A student who receives two grades of Unsatisfactory in meeting degree recital requirements will not be allowed to continue as a candidate.

Jury Requirements/Final Examinations 

Students who are enrolled in MUP (Music Performance) Private Lessons in their principal applied area and who are seeking the Master of Music degree with emphasis in performance must perform a jury for the appropriate applied faculty.  At the finish of each semester and summer term, the applied teacher must complete a "Final Jury/Examination Form" for each student and file it with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.  Students enrolled in applied music who do not take a final examination or a jury will receive the grade "I" or "F." All grades of "I" must be completed by the end of the next semester (excluding summer term) or they will automatically be changed to an "F." The applied teacher must record and submit any exception to this policy to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies; signatures of all appropriate area faculty must be included on this form.

Ensemble Participation 

All full-time master's-level students majoring in music are required to participate in a major ensemble during each term of residence. A maximum of two (2) hours of graduate credit earned from ensemble work may be counted toward a degree. The ensemble in which one participates will be determined by the student's major applied area and area of interest. The following are considered to be appropriate major ensembles to fulfill this requirement: Orchestra, Band, Southern Chorale, Jazz Lab Band, Concert Choir, Symphonic Winds, and Opera/Music Theatre. Exceptions may be granted to master's students in residence during summer semesters.

Selection of Primary, Secondary, and Minor Instruments

  1. Selection of specific primary, secondary, and minor instruments is at the option of the student in consultation with his or her Graduate Advisory Committee and with approval of the auditioning committee. 
  2. Normally, the student will be expected to select a primary/secondary combination from one of the following: single reed/double reed, single reed/flute, double reed/flute. 
  3. Study of the primary and secondary instruments must embrace at least two semesters. 
  4. Requirements for MUS 715 under this degree program will include two recitals, each receiving one semester hour credit.  These recitals may consist of one chamber music program and one solo program, or a combination of chamber and solo music within both recitals.
  5. The primary and secondary instruments must be performed in each recital; the remaining instruments must be performed at least once, with a minimum of one minor instrument represented in each program.

Course Requirements (32 hours)

At least 18 hours of coursework must be at the 600 level or higher.  A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.  To meet graduation requirements, no grade below a "C" is acceptable in any coursework attempted.  No more than two (2) grades of "C+" or "C" across six (6) credit hours is allowable in any coursework attempted.