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Music Education, M.M.Ed.

School of Music

Gain additional knowledge in pedagogy, music theory and history, educational research, assessment, curriculum development and more. A teaching certification is required. Online courses are available.

In collaboration with the USC College of Education, the master of music education degree is designed for music students who already have teaching certification. Enhance your general music knowledge and understanding of learning theories, and familiarize yourself with cutting-edge pedagogy and research. Choose from a recital track, a thesis track or neither.

Program Highlights

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    Distinguished School

    Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.

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    Real Experiences

    Learn while doing with hands-on experiences teaching in one or more Music For Your Life community outreach programs.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

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    Expansive Network

    Virtually half of all public school music teachers in South Carolina are graduates of our program.

What You’ll Study

Study music education foundations and techniques, graduate music courses, professional education courses in the College of Education, courses in music learning and teaching and practicum opportunities. Examine learning diversities and education trends. Participate in ensembles and collaborate with other students in real teaching experiences through Music for Your Life.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

    Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Organizational Skills

    Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

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.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Music Teacher

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Music Teacher
  • Choral Director
  • Band Director
  • Orchestra Director
  • Music Education Specialist
  • Private Lessons Teacher

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $65,012

Workplace Settings

  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • Charleston County School District
  • Richland County School District Two
  • University of South Carolina
  • Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra
  • South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra
  • String Theory Chamber Music

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

Is USC Right For You?

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