USC School of Music
The University of South Carolina School of Music has established a national reputation for artistic and scholarly excellence. An acclaimed faculty teach more than 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors, including students specializing in virtually every orchestra and band instrument, voice, piano, organ and guitar.
The School of Music prepares musicians for professional careers and leadership in music teaching, performance, composition, research and related fields, offering more than 20 degree programs. With a combination of passion and pragmatism, nurturing and virtuosity, cost and value, depth and breadth of opportunity, the USC School of Music provides a perfect balance of high musical standards, a caring environment vested in student success, and career and musical life preparation.
Minor in Music
Undergraduate Certificate in Music
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Music
Certificate of Graduate Study in Music Performance
Master of Music
Master of Music Education
Master of Arts in Teaching
Doctor of Musical Arts
Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education
These new programs have recently been added to prepare music students for 21st-century professions in the industry:
Minor in Audio Recording
Minor in Music Industry Studies
Bachelor of Music in Performance with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Music Technology, or Chamber Music
Master of Music in Performance with concentration in Community Engagement
School of Music Hallmarks
The School of Music is peer-evaluated to be among the most highly regarded music schools and conservatories in the U.S. and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
The world-renowned Conductors Institute of South Carolina has been on the must-do list for young aspiring and experienced conductors alike. Students of the institute receive training from conductors and composers with vast experience in the commercial, academic and professional worlds of music.
The nation’s first and most comprehensive leadership institute, the innovative Spark-Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory, provides students with the entrepreneurship, community engagement and music advocacy education they need to forge successful and meaningful careers in their communities.
The USC String Project is a model of community service and teacher education for more than 40 other universities across the nation.
Our graduate piano pedagogy program is evaluated annually and rated among the top three such programs in the nation.
The annual Southeastern Piano Festival is a high-level training platform for young pianists who take part in a rigorous week-long program with master teachers and concert pianists, culminating in the Arthur Fraser International Concerto Competition.
Our commitment to new and contemporary music is distinguished through innovative, award-winning programs and the commission of new works every year. Faculty commitment to performing and teaching music of our time is realized through Southern Exposure New Music Series, the experimental music studio xMuse and New Voices concerts by student composers.
Auditions required to be admitted to the School of Music
Jennifer Jablonski, Director of Music Admissions, 803-777-6614 / firstname.lastname@example.org