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  • String Project student teaching
  • Children's Music Development Center
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Music Education

We prepare students to become the music instructors of tomorrow while providing significant performance, teaching, leadership and research opportunities.

USC Music Education encompasses three main elements.

  • Teacher education, including emphases in early childhood/elementary, choral, strings and winds/percussion.
  • Leadership programs, including the Children's Music Development Center, the Choirs of Carolina Mentoring Initiative, the Congaree New Horizon Band Program and the USC String Project.
  • Research and creative activities, including a wide range of study options.

Music Education Faculty

Gail V. Barnes

Gail Barnes

Gail Barnes teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in stringed instrument methods and orchestra literature. She also teaches graduate courses in topics such as Introduction to Research in Music Education, Administration and Curriculum of Music Programs (with a focus on the Sociology of Music Education). Her research interests include community and school orchestra programs and access to music education for under-served youth.

Jeremy Lane

Jeremy Lane

Jeremy Lane is the founding director of the Congaree New Horizons Band program, a group that provides opportunities for adults age 50 and over to learn to play a band instrument. Lane’s primary research interests focus on adult music learning, and he has published in leading journals.

Wendy Valerio

Wendy Valerio

Wendy Valerio’s research interests include early childhood and elementary music development. She is a frequent presenter at national and international music education professional development conferences. Valerio supervises a variety of early childhood and elementary music practicum experiences for undergraduate music education majors, and she advises dissertations and theses.

Alicia Walker

Alicia Walker

Alicia Walker directs the University Chorus, the USC Men’s and Women's Choruses. She teaches undergraduate conducting and choral methods and supervises student teachers. At the graduate level, she teaches courses in sacred music as well as music education. Her research interests include service-learning and leadership, which she applies in both the classroom and the choral rehearsal.