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Music Education at South Carolina

Our music education program prepares you to become the music instructors of tomorrow, while providing significant performance, teaching, leadership and research opportunities.

What to Expect

The music education program 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.


Undergraduate Degree

B  Bachelor of Music (B.M.) – Music Education with either a choral emphasis or instrumental emphasis

Offered by the School of Music, the Bachelor of Music program provides excellent general education combined with rigorous training in an area of emphasis (composition, jazz studies, music education, music theory or performance).

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in music education:

  • Music Theory I-IV
  • Aural Skills I-IV
  • History of Western Music I - III
  • Recital Class (and laboratory)
  • General Music in Elementary Schools
  • Learners and the Diversity of Learning
  • Issues and Trends in Teaching and Learning

 For choral music education, additional classes may include:

  • Basic Choral and Instrumental Conducting
  • Choral Conducting
  • Introduction to Singer’s Diction
  • Vocal Pedagogy

 For instrumental music education, classes may include:

  • Group Piano
  • Percussion Techniques
  • Strings
  • The Middle School Band (string or wind majors)
  • The High School Band (percussion majors)

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degrees

The School of Music, in partnership with the College of Education, offers the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) music education program, with curricular options in choral/vocal, instrumental-strings and instrumental-winds/percussion. This program leads to initial teacher licensure or certification. 

The Master of Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education are also available.

M  Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education (M.A.T.)

College of Education: EMAIL for more information

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

M  Master of Music Education (M.M.Ed.)

Graduate Director: Andrew Gowan, 803-777-2838,
Program Contact: Traci Hair, 803-777-4106,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

D  Ph.D. in Music Education

Graduate Director: Andrew Gowan, 803-777-2838,
Program Contact: Traci Hair, 803-777-4106,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.