Gain a thorough command of leading choral and instrumental ensembles as you prepare for a career of conducting and teaching in our collaborative and supportive program.
Featuring a strong emphasis on applied conducting studies, our graduate students enjoy unique opportunities to conduct both professional and student groups across a range of the finest ensembles at Carolina, from choirs and orchestras to the entire range of bands. Academic work is individualized, and students present a full recital.
Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.
Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.
Learn while doing with hands-on experiences teaching and conducting the finest ensembles at Carolina.
Prepare to conduct for orchestra, band or choral ensembles in our lab with specialized software for conducting.
What You’ll Study
Courses include score analysis and arranging, rehearsal and performance leadership, music coaching, arrangement and performance planning, ensemble operations management and applications to specific school or professional ensembles. Work closely with faculty to master the art of conducting. Graduate assistantships are available.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience
Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication
Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire
Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective
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/Orchestra Director
- Choral Director
- Guitar Instructor
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $69,641
Employers of Alumni
- Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra
- Aiken Youth Orchestras
- Davidson Violins
- Georgia Southern University
- Freeway Music LLC
- Beaufort County School District