The University of South Carolina School of Music has established a national reputation for artistic and scholarly excellence and is among the most highly regarded music schools and conservatories in the U.S. Our acclaimed faculty prepare approximately 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors for professional careers and leadership in music teaching, performance, composition, and research.
Accredited by NASM, the school generates research and creative activities that have local, national, and international impact. Students specializing in virtually every orchestra and band instrument, voice, piano, organ and guitar can choose from more than 20 degree programs.
Some of the newer degree programs and minors approved by the National Association of Schools of Music include:
• Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre
• Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies
Minors for music majors and non-majors include:
– General Music Minor
– Music Entrepreneurshipx
– Audio Recording
– Music Industry Studies
The pioneering program Spark: Music Leadership Carolina, is the nation’s first comprehensive music leadership institute. The program provides students with music entrepreneurship, community engagement, and music advocacy experiences and education they need to forge successful and meaningful careers.
Our commitment to new and contemporary music is distinguished through innovative, award-winning programs and commissions of new works every year. Faculty dedication to performing and teaching music of our time is realized through Southern Exposure New Music Series, Chamber Innovista, the experimental music studio xMuse, and New Voices concerts by student composers.
UofSC School of Music recognizes the changing world and marketplace for professional musicians who wish to make music their life’s work. We value and teach the necessary skills our graduates will need to improve and sustain in music, in their own lives, and for the vitality of their communities. Instruction in and experiences making music are offered in diverse ways with opportunities to utilize a variety of musical skills beyond performance, composition, writing, and teaching and with working with persons from diverse populations.