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Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies

The University of South Carolina School of Music is excited to reveal a new degree program focused on studies within the music industry with a planned offering in the fall of 2021.  Created in cooperation with the nationally renowned Darla Moore School of Business and the University’s Sport and Entertainment Management program, the Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies is a liberal arts degree with a major in music industry studies featuring coursework intended to provide students desiring a career in the $12.8 billion music industry with the skills and dispositions that can make the dream a reality.  Along with classes focused in the various music industries, business, marketing, and recording skills, students will also acquire an education in musical theory, history, and performance, creating well-rounded graduates able to speak the language of music as well as navigate the myriad aspects of the music industry. 

To enhance learning in the classroom, students will have ample opportunities for experiential learning with local and regional music venues, artists, artists managers, promoters, recording studios, musical instrument producers, and music retailers of all kinds.  Unique to this degree is the lack of traditional audition; prospective students will instead complete a portfolio and interview process for acceptance into the program.

Students interested in this program should contact Interim Coordinator of Music Industry Studies, Mr. Jeremy Polley, via email at  Application requirements can be found in our undergraduate auditions area.

Bachelor of Science - Music Industry Studies - 121 credits total

Carolina Core
a) AIU-must include MUSC 115 [3 credits]
b) ARP-Two Courses from MATH 122, 141, 142, 170; PHIL 110, 111; CSCE 101 or higher, STAT 110 or higher [6 credits]
c) CMW-ENGL 101, 102 [passed with "C" or higher, 6 credits]
d) GSS-Social Sciences [3 credits]
e) GHS-Historical Thinking [3 credits]
f) GFL-Language Proficiency through 122 [0-7 credits]
g) SCI-Two courses (one with lab) from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MSCI, PHYS [8 credits]
h) Overlay Eligible Courses- (CMS, INF, VSR; up to two of these requirements may be met in overlay courses) [3-9 credits]
i) Electives [0-7 credits]
39 credits
Music Requirements
a) MUSC 115, 116, 117, 118 (8 Credits)
b) MUSC 113 OR MUSC 140 (3 Credits)
c) Applied Lessons (8 Credits)
MUSC 104 – Introduction to Piano
3 courses (6 hours) selected from:
  • MUED 155 – Group Piano
  • MUED 156 – Group Piano
  • MUED 165 – Class Voice (Basic)
  • MUED 265 – Class Voice (Intermediate)
  • MUSC 101 – Secondary Applied Music or higher (MUSC 111, 211) via audition
  • MUSC 103 – Basic Guitar
  • MUSC 105 – Introduction to Singing
  • MUSC 203 – Basic Guitar II
d) MUSC 210 (3 Credits)
e) MUSC 336 (3 Credits)
f) Ensembles for 4 semesters/hours. The major ensembles are Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Concert Choir, and University Chorus. Major ensembles require an audition for membership. Students may also participate in University Band, a jazz ensemble, or a chamber ensemble, which includes all MUSC 130 courses with a suffix of A-Z and topics in: Voice, String, Percussion, Wind, Guitar, and Keyboard. (4 Credits)
g) Music Electives (9 Credits)
h) Music 100 – Recital Class (5 Semesters with a grade of satisfactory)
i) MUSC 100A
j) MUSC 100L [1 Credit]
39 credits
Music Industry
a) ECON 224 – Introduction to Economics
b) MGMT 371 – Principles of Management
c) MUSC 305 – Introduction to Music Industry Studies
d) MUSC 365 – An Introduction to Audio Recording Techniques
e) MUSC 498 – Music Practicum (6 Credits)
f) MUSC 565 – Advanced Audio Recording Techniques
g) MUSC 566 – Fundamentals of Sound Use for Media OR MUSC 567 Recording Studio Techniques
h) MUSC 580 – Music & Arts Entrepreneurship
i) MUSC 582 – Music and Money
j) MUSC 593 – Arts Marketing
k) SPTE 202 – Introduction to Live Entertainment Management
l) SPTE 240 – Business Law
m) SPTE 302 – Artist Representation and Management
n) SPTE 303 – Live Entertainment Tour Management
43 credits

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