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School of Music

Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory


Wherever a career path ultimately leads, we are committed to helping students develop skills and experiences that position them for maximum professional success.

Complimenting our degree programs that cultivate outstanding performers, composers and educators, Spark’s career initiatives prepare students for a number of career models including music and arts-related jobs, freelance, business leader, nonarts career paths and multiple stream careers.

We offer

Career counseling
Individual and small group career counseling is available through the USC Career Center and Spark.

Gig office
Leads for professional working opportunities for student soloists and ensembles are provided through the gig office.

Meaningful internships are coordinated with arts-based businesses.

Job listings
Students have access to "Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection," detailing 3,000 professional opportunities in music and arts administration each year.

Library collection
The Spark library collection features numerous titles related to careers in and out of music.

Mock interviews
Mock interviews may be set up at the USC Career Center.

Portfolio Friday
Attend workshops on developing various aspects of a professional portfolio.

Professional photos
Subsidized photo sessions are available for students at greatly reduced rates.

Professional portfolios
Several studios require members to compile professional portfolios before graduation.

Tip sheets and videos
Get tips on career decisions, resumes, interviewing, job searches and more.

Our speaker series features presentations related to career issues.