Faculty members in the music department understand that an excellent education extends beyond the classroom. Whether you want to develop your professional performance skills or become more involved in the music department, our faculty members support a variety of research, academic and professional opportunities for you to become a better scholars, performers, and teachers as musicians.
Student Opportunities and Services
Join your peers and engage in your community
The department of music sponsors student organizations for music education and music majors to focus on professional development, academic excellence and community involvement. Joining these organizations provide majors with leadership and networking opportunities:
- The Alpha Mu Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon
The purpose of Mu Phi Epsilon is to recognize student scholarship and musicianship and to develop a bond of friendship among members. Mu Phi Epsilon aims to advance music in the community, nation, and the world through the promotion of musicianship, scholarship and music education, with an emphasis on service through music.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Paula Patterson
- The Collegiate branch of The National Association for Music Education (C-MENC) at Missouri State University
The mission of MENC, The National Association for Music Education, is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. The group also supports furthering the education of future music teachers, and promoting music education in the public schools.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Andrew Homburg
- The lota Rho chapter of Phi Mu Alpha
Along with contributing to music around Springfield, Iota Rho also participates in many service projects and holds many different events throughout the school year. The chapter holds a musical once a semester, sings the National Anthem at various Missouri State sporting events, holds sorority sings, participates in Mills Music Missions, holds many social and brotherhood events, participates in the Adopt-a-Street program, and supports the music department and community through a variety of fundraisers and service projects.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Richard Todd Payne
- The MSU student chapter of Students of National Association of Teachers of Singing (SNATS)
SNATS is an organization of music majors and minors that meet once a month to discuss singing techniques and repertoire as well as focusing on how to teach others about our passion. This group organizes trips, master classes, and group activities. The organization is a great way to get to know the other students around you and participate in conversation that will help you grow as a performer and educator. Through this group we hope to facilitate a positive and collaborative environment for our peers.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Carol Chapman
- Saxophone Society
The purpose of the saxophone society is to preserve, enrich, and cultivate our musical heritage through the public performance of saxophone music in all genres, as well as offering masterclasses to help fully develop our musical potential.
Faculty advisor: Randy Hamm
- Kappa Kappa Psi
Kappa Kappa Psi is an honorary service organization whose sole purpose is to serve the college or university band program through service projects fundraisers, social events and other projects as needed.
Faculty Advisor: Jerry Hoover
- MSU Flute Society
The purpose of the MSU Flute Society is to promote greater understanding and appreciation for the flute and to encourage excellence in music performance and pedagogy. Members will be given opportunities to learn from their colleagues as well as from professional flutists.
Faculty advisor: Dr. Jill Heyboer
- Missouri State University Percussion Society (MSUPS)
The purpose of this organization is to support percussion and to promote further broadening of musical knowledge through master classes, discussions, student performances, clinics, and guest artists.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Scott Cameron