School of MusicAt a Glance
The University of South Carolina’s School of Music is nationally respected for professional musician career preparation and leadership in music teaching, performance, composition, industry, research and related fields.
Beyond sought-after academics, the school is nationally recognized for its music education models, learning centers and community engagement programs. Students can grow as performers and future professionals in the school’s extensive range of performance venues — including the renowned Koger Center for the Arts — which host more than 300 concerts and recitals each year.
More than 20 degree programs span academic areas of music education, music history, theory, composition, entrepreneurship and audio recording. The School of Music is peer-evaluated to be among the most highly regarded music schools and conservatories in the United States and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Among all of the School’s degree programs, its community engagement initiatives, graduate piano pedagogy, and doctoral programs in choral conducting, wind conducting and orchestral conducting are recognized at the national level.SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Spark: Music Leadership
The School of Music is home to Spark, the nation’s most comprehensive entity for the study of music leadership. The program, which prioritizes health and wellness for all music students, faculty and staff, supplements a traditional music school experience by preparing musicians for vibrant, sustainable futures. The program mixes coursework, project support, guest residencies, advocacy, entrepreneurship, community engagement instruction and other initiatives to foster an unparalleled environment of creative learning, skill development, collaboration and personal exploration.SPARK
In addition to the School of Music’s frequent student and faculty ensembles, the ASCAP-award-winning Southern Exposure New Music Series features notable guest artists and university students and faculty. Every semester, the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet Residency offers public concerts and community engagement events as well as master classes where students learn directly from professional performers. Each summer, the Southeastern Piano Festival draws local audiences and gifted young pianists from around the world to compete in the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.ENSEMBLES
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USC youth summer camps 2023
With only a few short months until summer, it’s time for parents to find summer activities for their children. USC offers a wide variety of summer camps for all interests from music to soccer and dance to engineering.
Remembering the Days -- We hail thee, Carolina!
For more than 110 years, USC alumni and students have been singing the university alma mater — 'We hail theee, Carolina!' But what, exactly, is an alma mater and how did USC end up with one?
School of Music reinvigorating South Carolina's jazz scene
The School of Music is bolstering the state’s jazz scene thanks to a dedicated space to train jazz educators and artists, outreach programs to seed the state’s jazz pipeline from the Upstate to the Lowcountry and energetic faculty eager to connect students with top musicians.
USC students connect incarcerated mothers and their children
School of Music students are using music as a way to connect new mothers at Camille Graham Correctional Institution and their babies through a program called The Lullaby Project, which is a project of Carnegie Hall and their Weill Music Institute.
Historic Collections, Remarkable Resources
To share the diverse heritage of South Carolina, the school’s Center for Southern African American Music preserves and records oral histories, music recordings, film and video footage of African American music in the South. The school also maintains a music library with a lending collection of books, scores, print journals, audio and video recordings, and offers students full access to numerous music-related databases.MUSIC LIBRARY
Teaching the Future
The String Project launched in the 1970s and has grown into a model of community service and teacher education for more than 40 other universities across the nation. The program offers beginning classes for children in third through fifth grade and beginning classes for adults. Along with providing valuable instructional experience for students, the program’s affordable fees make it available to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn a string instrument.STRING PROJECT
The School of Music has established a national reputation for artistic and scholarly excellence. An acclaimed faculty teach more than 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors, including students specializing in virtually every orchestra and band instrument, voice, piano, organ and guitar.APPLY