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COLUMBUS, Miss.—The Department of Music at Mississippi University for Women has developed two new bachelor degree tracks within its current bachelor of arts in music degree: a bachelor of arts in music with music performance emphasis and a bachelor arts in music with composition emphasis.

“Our department has been known historically for its excellence in its performance programs and we are excited to return performance as a focused area of study. The composition emphasis makes us a unique program in our region and provides numerous possibilities for students enrolled. We are thrilled to offer these two new tracks and to see the paths they open for our students,” said Dr. Julia Mortyakova, professor and chair of the Department of Music.

The tracks will allow music students to focus their studies on specific areas such as music composition and performance while maintaining the greater curricular flexibility where they can supplement their musical studies with outside courses in order to pursue a wide range of careers.    

The music composition emphasis is aimed to train composers in both acoustic and electronic music. Students will learn how to create and develop musical ideas in order to craft their unique composition style. Possible career paths include full time composer for a variety of entities (orchestra, musical theatre, etc.), commercial music composer (film, TV commercials), arranger, orchestrator and more.  

The music performance emphasis caters toward students who are interested in careers as solo and/or ensemble performers. Performance opportunities will include solo concerts, opera, choral and instrumental ensembles. The greatest focus is training students toward mastering their musical instruments. Possible career paths include full time performing careers, private teaching, church musicians and singing/playing in ensembles.  

Since the creation and implementation of these degree tracks in January 2019, music students in these degrees have already experience significant successes in their fields. Music composition students have won awards at the Southern Division of the 2020 Music Teachers National Association Composition competition and had works performed at the 2020 College Music Society Southern Conference, held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee; the 2019 Mississippi Music Teachers State Conference held at The W; and many concerts through the Mid-South held by the National Associations of Composers USA.  

Music performance majors have competed in the Music Teachers National Association State Competition (2019), performed in numerous recitals both at The W and a successful Opera Scenes production in the spring of 2019.  

The Department of Music at The W was the first higher education institution in Mississippi to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in 1935.  

For more information about The W Department of Music and its programs please visit www.muw.edu/music.

Oct. 30, 2020
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