Cheryl W. Coker, D.M.A.
Rachel Heard, D.M.A., Chair
H. Lynn Raley, D.M.A.
Director of Choral Activities and Instructor of Music
Jonathan Trotter, D.M.A. Candidate
Information for Majors in Music:
- General Requirements: All music majors, minors, and certificate candidates studying applied music must attend and participate in regularly scheduled repertoire classes, departmental recitals, and take an examination before the faculty at the end of each semester.
- All keyboard certificate candidates are required each semester to accompany either a singer, an instrumentalist, or one of the vocal ensembles.
- Keyboard Proficiency: All music majors must demonstrate keyboard proficiency in the areas of sight reading, performance, technique, and functional skills. The exam will be administered by the end of the first semester of the junior year and taken each subsequent semester until passed. Students must continue with piano lessons until the proficiency is passed. The exam must be passed as a whole. Students will not be allowed to pass portions at a time.
- Upper Divisional: Performance certificate candidates are required to pass a special performance jury before being admitted to upper divisional status. This upper divisional exam, taken at the end of the fourth semester of applied study, consists of a 20-minute program.
Music Teacher Certification: Students who wish to teach Music in elementary or secondary schools can receive licensure in Music Education (K-12) with a Music major and a minor in Education (Licensure) from Millsaps. Music majors completing a Music Performance, Undergraduate are eligible for a teaching license in Music (K-12) with passing scores on state licensure exams. For this option, a minor in Education is not required, but it is recommended to take at least one course in Education. Students interested either of these options should see the Educator Preparation Program and contact the Millsaps Director of Programs in Education for further information.
Certificate in Music Performance Admissions:
- Piano: To enter the performance certificate program in piano, students should have an adequate musical and technical background and should be able to play all major and minor scales. They should have had some learning experience in all periods of the standard student repertoire, such as the Bach ‘Two-Part Inventions”, the Haydn and Mozart sonatas, Mendelssohn Songs’ without Words, and the Bartók Mikrokosmos.
- Organ: To enter the certificate program in organ, the student should have completed sufficient piano study to play the Bach “Two-Part Inventions”, Haydn and Mozart sonatas, and compositions by Chopin, Schumann, or Mendelssohn. The student should be able to play all major and minor scales and arpeggios.
- Voice: To enter the certificate program in voice, the student should possess above-average vocal talent; evidence in ability to sing with correct pitch, phrasing, and musical intelligence; know the rudiments of music; and be able to sing a simple song at sight. A student should have experience in singing works from the standard repertoire.
- Orchestral Instrument Requirements: To enter this certificate program, the student should possess an adequate musical and technical background in their instrument and have above-average performance skills.