Take the next step to develop performance or private teaching-oriented career skills in your primary instrument or voice and prepare to enter a doctoral musical program.
Gain an outstanding education along with rigorous training and performance experiences. The degree is offered with emphasis areas in multiple woodwinds, winds (single brass or woodwind), classical guitar, organ, piano, percussion, strings and voice. A concentration in community engagement can be added to any focus area.
Work with our extraordinary faculty, and enjoy the many opportunities to hear new compositions performed regularly.
Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.
The community engagement concentration is unique to USC and is nationally noteworthy.
Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.
What You’ll Study
Work one-on-one with faculty instruction on your instrument or voice. Perform musical works representative of a wide array of styles in a manner commensurate with masters-degree level musicianship. Study theory and history, repertoire, notable composers and renowned pedagogues. Present one full recital and pass an oral comprehensive examination.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression
Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication
Taking action and demonstrating leadership without being prompted or directed by others
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
Job Titles of Alumni
- Artistic Director
- Band Director
- Suzuki Violin and Viola Instructor
- Adjunct Professor
- Director of Instrumental Music
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $62,334
Employers of Alumni
- Aiken Youth Orchestras
- Lexington County School District One
- University of South Carolina
- Opera Carolina Experience
- Charleston Academy Of Music
- Cornell College