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Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina

Explore - Create - Engage - Lead

Our Mission

Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina, supplements a traditional music school experience by preparing musicians for vibrant and sustainable futures. We offer coursework, project support, guest residencies and other initiatives to foster an environment of creative learning, skill development and personal exploration. Spark empowers members of the School of Music community – students, faculty and staff – to develop and explore diverse and dynamic careers. Spark advocates for the transformative power of music and the arts to make a difference in our communities, equipping future music leaders with the tools they need to make a difference.

As a student at the USC School of Music you can:

Explore your unique voice.
Identify opportunities and take chances

Create your vision.
Build a concept, test an idea, reflect on the process, repeat

Engage others.
Advocate for the arts locally, nationally and internationally

Lead into the future.
Broaden and enrich the reach of the arts in our society

Spark Events

Throughout the academic year, Spark creates events to relax, stimulate and engage School of Music students, faculty and staff. Events, dates and times are posted on school video monitors located throughout the school.  

Build community and develop tools to thrive in these interactive professional development workshops. 

 Interact with guest presenters to explore a variety of topics from marketing to improvisation and more. 

Keep your mental, emotional and physical health in mind with these weekly reminders and events. 

Engage in an intimate and casual setting alongside alumni and guest artists, exploring different ideas and topics through faculty and student-led interviews.

Learn from and be inspired by guest artists and presenters in a variety of performances, master classes, and discussions on campus and in the community. 

Enjoy events, snacks and activities that help you relax, rejuvenate and reconnect during Finals Week. 

2024 Calendar of Events

January 10 Grab & Go “Spark Ask me Anything” Hosted by SPARK
January 17-19

Decoda Residency 

Prof. Claire Bryant and The Decoda Project

January 24 Summer Study Grants Professor Calloway
February 7 Writing Coaches/Write Club Professor Carrico and Haro
February 14 Financial Literacy Gene Massey, JP Morgan & Chase
February 21 Arts Admin Panel Multiple presenters
 March 13 Freelancing 101 Mr. Polley
March 20 TBD  
March 27 TBD  
April 3 Mindfulness Pop Up Lobby USC Center for Resilience
April 17    
April 23 Furday Hosted by SPARK
April 24-30 SLFW Hosted by SPARK

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.