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Recommendations are intended to help students make the most of their education by providing examples of experiences that can enrich educational experience and illustrate how within and beyond the classroom experiences relate to one another. These are examples and options, not requirements. 

Music Education

To learn more about making the most of your educational experiences within and beyond the classroom contact:
Clifford Leaman, Associate Dean,


PARTICIPATE: Community Service

Related Course(s)
MUED 454

Recommended Sites/Experiences
School of Music’s Gig Office

Why this is important
Gives students opportunities to develop performance skills while bringing enjoyment to the local community


PARTICIPATE: Global Learning

Related Course(s)
MUSC 555; INTL 501

Recommended Timing
During the summer or after first year

Why is this important
Allows students to engage in multicultural music experiences


PARTICIPATE: Peer Leadership

Student Organization(s)

  • Kappa Kappa Psi
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Pi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Music Teachers National Association (student chapter)
  • American String Teacher Association (USC Chapter)
  • American Choral Directors Association (USC Chapter)
  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Other Opportunities

  • RM at Music Community
  • Marching Band Leadership Team

Why this is important
Allows students to grow in peer relationships and develop leadership skills. Leadership opportunities in these organizations help individuals train for leadership positions in their associations post-graduation.

Getting Started
Contact Jacob Will


PARTICIPATE: Internships

Related Course(s) 
MUED 454
MUED 465/465P— Practicum in Elementary Music
MUED 467
MUED 476P — Practicum in Choral Music
MUED 477 — Directed Teaching
MUED 533/534P — Practicum in Methods of String Instruction I & II
MUED 568P — Practicum in Instrumental Music
MUED 580
MUED 591
MUED 599

Professional Organizations

  • Music Teachers National Association
  • American String Teacher Association
  • International Double Reed Society
  • Percussive Arts Society
  • College Music Society
  • International Trumpet Guild
  • South Carolina Music Teachers Association

Recommended sites/work experiences

  • University of South Carolina String Project
  • Children’s Center at USC
  • Children’s Music Development Center at USC
  • Congaree New Horizons Band

Why this is important
Music Education students are able to make an immediate transfer from their university classroom toward teaching music to children and adults.



Sample Research Projects or Topics
Sample: Magellan Projects:

  • An Online Community for String and Orchestra Teachers (Wiley, S.)
  • Novice and Veteran Orchestra Teachers Perceptions of Their Undergraduate Practicum Experiences (Lindler, K.)
  • Orff-Schulwerk Applications of Pentatonic and Diatonic Tonal Systems for Elementary-aged Students (M. Graham. 2010).
  • Autism, Reciprocal Communication, and Music Play (C. Griffith, 2008).

Sample Honors College Thesis: Young Children’s Responses to Purposeful Silences During Music Activities (T. Willing, 2009)

Why this is important
Students have an opportunity to formulate a research question, collect and analyze data pertaining to the question, and subsequently present results and conclusions. This gives undergraduate students an opportunity to learn the skills for post-baccalaureate degrees.



How to integrate 
MUED 200 Students engage in practice teaching on-site in a local middle school, then complete a series of reflections on their experiences.

MUED 533-MUED 534 Students compile a Blackboard-based portfolio with examples of their coursework.

MUED 107, MUED 454, MUED 465 students prepare and implement music lessons for children (6 months-grade 6). Students video-record each lesson, evaluate each lesson, and write a reflection on each lesson. Each lesson is a 10-15 minute class project.

MUED 533-MUED 534 Students teach a 2nd year string class (9 year old string players) and post reflections (1st semester) and lesson plans (2nd semester) Music Education students are able to make an immediate transfer from their university classroom and apply to the music teaching and learning of children



Initial career opportunities

  • PreK-Grade 5 Elementary General Music Educator
  • Instrumental Music Educator
  • Grade 5-12
  • Choral Music Educator
  • Grade 6-12
  • Performing

Related graduate programs
Master of Music Education
Master of Music (Performance)
Ph.D., Music Education
Doctor of Musical Arts

Future career opportunities 
Qualified persons would be eligible for music education positions in colleges or universities; performance; arts administration.

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