Music at South Carolina

With a combination of passion and pragmatism, nurturing and virtuosity, cost and value, depth and breadth of opportunity, the School of Music provides a perfect balance of high musical standards, a caring environment vested in student success and career and musical life preparation.

What to Expect

The bachelor's in music is designed for students who want to major in music while receiving a broad, liberal arts education. B.A. students will select a cognate (12 credits) or minor area (18 credits) outside the School of Music to prepare for a variety of careers that may be interdisciplinary in nature.

Students must satisfy all general education requirements as specified in the chosen degree. These requirements are designed to give students broad experience in liberal arts and sciences and opportunities to develop intellectual skills in analysis and evaluation, as well as competence in written and oral communication. 

 

Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. in Music

The School of Music has established a national reputation for artistic and scholarly excellence. An acclaimed faculty teaches undergraduate and graduate music majors, including students specializing in virtually every orchestra and band instrument and in voice, piano, organ and guitar.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Music:

  • Music Theory I-IV
  • Aural Skills I-IV
  • History of Western Music I-III
  • Recital Class (and laboratory)
  • Music Advocacy I: Understanding the Power of Your Music 

The School of Music also offers bachelor's degrees with emphases in composition, jazz studies, music education, music theory, performance and piano pedagogy. An audition is required to be considered for admission to all music degree programs.

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.