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Music Schools & Colleges in South Carolina

Allen University
Columbia, SC
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The music department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in music with concentrations in piano, voice, saxophone or trumpet. Music students become versed in music history, theory, and performance. In addition, all Allen students are encouraged to take music classes for aesthetic, cultural and artistic development.

Anderson University
Anderson, SC
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If you are looking for a place to pursue career goals in music, Anderson University offers music degrees for a variety of professional interests, including a new online Master of Music in Music Education. There are programs for the serious performer, music teacher, worship leader, or music scholar, and opportunities for the student interested in other music-related careers. In addition to specialized training, all Anderson University music degrees include solid grounding in performance, theory, and music history as well as providing a broad liberal arts education. The AU music faculty have an extensive range of expertise recognized both regionally and nationally, in performance, composing, conducting, scholarly presentations, and publications. Our ensembles offer a wide variety of performance opportunities, and our distinguished alumni have achieved recognition for excellence in their respective music professions. Anderson University is accredited by the National Association of Schools o Music (NASM) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

 

Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC
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For the glory of God, the Division of Music at Bob Jones University exists to support the growth of a Christian student in the image of God and to equip him to use music for the service of God. “Approving things that are excellent,” the Division will train the musician, thoroughly furnishing him “unto all good works” and preparing him “for the work of the ministry.” The student will reach his technical and artistic musical potential within a multifaceted program that strives for the highest level of musical and academic excellence as reflected in the character of his Creator.

Charleston Southern University Horton School of Music
Charleston, SC
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The Horton School of Music consists of three Bachelor of Arts degree programs – Music Education either choral or instrumental, Music with emphasis in either church music or performance (vocal, keyboard or instrumental) and Music Therapy. There are currently over 75 music majors within the Horton School of Music, and there are 12 full-time faculty members, 1 visiting professor of accompanying, 18 adjunct faculty, and 2 staff accompanists. The students of Charleston Southern may participate in 15 different instrumental and vocal ensembles.

Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC
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The Claflin University Department of Music is committed to preparing our students to excel in a variety of professional careers. As one of the centers of excellence at the University, the Department of Music aims to provide a flexible career- oriented education with an extensive choice of options within the broad field of music. The combination of spacious facilities, a balanced curriculum, and a distinguished faculty are but a few of the many advantages of musical training at Claflin. Throughout each year, the Department presents a variety of concerts and music productions both on campus and as a part of national and international tours. The Department of Music aims to provide a flexible career-oriented education to accommodate students’ career options within the broad field of music.

Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC
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Welcome to the Coastal Carolina University Department of Music Website! On the radio, in the elevator, at the mall, in your head…music is around us almost wherever we go. Whether you’re aspiring to career in music or you just like listening to it, the music department has a class for you. You can study music theory or history, or take unique courses about world music or American pop music. There are plenty of opportunities for you to make your own music, too, with private lessons or in one of our choral or instrumental groups. With all the iPods, radios, and online streaming audio, it’s difficult to find a place without music, and with our talented faculty, creative student musicians, and amazing opportunities – you won’t want to.

Coker College
Hartsville, SC
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Coker College offers a major in music with a concentration in piano, voice, or musical theater, as well as a Bachelor in Music Education. A liberal arts degree in music requires the utmost dedication and perseverance but the rewards are many. Students combine practical and theoretical studies that develop musical skills but also life skills such as independence, self-confidence, self-motivation, interpersonal and communication skills, research and writing skills, critical and creative thinking, the ability to work in a team, and leadership potential. Possible career options include: elementary and secondary school music education, church music direction, musical direction of an ensemble, performer, accompanist, college or university professor, concert management, private studio teacher, and arts administrator.

College of Charleston
Charleston, SC
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Merging the intense focus of a conservatory with a broad education in the liberal arts, the music program at the College of Charleston is further enhanced by its location in a city renowned for its cultural heritage and devotion to the performing arts. Strong academic preparation coupled with superior musical training places our program in a unique niche.

Columbia College
Columbia, SC
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The Bachelor of Arts in Music is an exciting and comprehensive program that provides extensive instruction in technical music skills and interpretive and creative approaches to music within the context of a broad liberal arts degree. Musical skills are developed through studio instruction, ensemble participation, solo performance, study of supporting music courses, and a final capstone experience. The program’s major goals for its students include developing competence and leadership in the major area of study and preparing students for a variety of careers in the field of music and for entry into graduate programs.

Columbia International University
Columbia, SC
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The Music program is designed for the student who wants music ministry training. It seeks to prepare competent musicians for careers in church music, church music combined with another area (such as youth ministry, elementary education or Christian education), intercultural music (missions), and contemporary Christian music ministry. A degree with a major in music is granted upon completion of 128 semester credits, the demonstration of required proficiency in piano (keyboard) and the presentation of a recital and/or demonstration of skills within the context of the internship.

Converse College Petrie School of Music
Spartanburg, SC
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Today, there are more than 500 conservatories and schools of music in the United States. Only one—the Petrie School of Music at Converse College—is a comprehensive, professional school of music within a liberal arts college for women. Performing, teaching, learning, composing, and conducting are the true passions of the Petrie students and faculty. Offering both undergraduate and co-educational graduate degree programs, the Petrie School treats music students as aspiring professionals from the moment they arrive on campus.

Erskine College
Due West, SC
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The Department of Music at Erskine is committed to helping each student discover how to develop their own musical gifts as an individual, and to share these gifts with the community. Music study is intensely personal and yet also displayed for the public—in recitals, ensemble concerts, and other events. Theoretical and historical knowledge acquired in the classroom is put into practice in lessons and rehearsals, and vice-versa.

Francis Marion University
Florence, SC
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The Music Industry major provides training for students seeking an alternative to traditional performance and/or education paths in music. Courses include studies in basic theory and music history, music commerce, music technology/recording, music internships and specific individual performance skills. A minor in Business is recommended by the Department of Fine Arts. Any minor has to be approved by the department. Career opportunities within the music business arena might include: music publicity, marketing, and artist management; music publishing, merchandising, and physical or online retail/distribution; recording and media development; entertainment law; venue management. The program also allows the student to expanding their personal tools to succeed in a career as a performer, composer, and/or educator.

Furman University
Greenville, SC
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At Furman, you will receive a conservatory-quality music education within the context of a rigorous liberal arts education. You’ll be expected to practice and perform at a level higher than you’ve ever thought possible by faculty members who perform as well as teach. You’ll find professors who become mentors . . . and friends. You’ll perform in ensembles, large and small, for audiences on campus, in Greenville, and far afield. You’ll study and perform in excellent facilities on one of America’s most beautiful campuses, challenged by other bright, motivated and talented students both on the stage and in the classroom. You’ll be a part of a music program that will help you prepare for your future.

Lander University
Greenwood, SC
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Lander’s Department of Music is committed to creating an enriching environment in which students develop an understanding of the importance and diverse functions of music. The flexibility of our music curriculum allows you to explore your talents and follow your own creative paths. Whether your interests lie with vocal, keyboard or instrumental music, your studies will focus on developing a comprehensive knowledge in the areas of performance, aural skills and analysis. From there, you’ll delve into composition and improvisation, as well as music history, repertory and technology – all providing an education that is both engaging and well-rounded.

Limestone College
Gaffney, SC
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The philosophy of the Department of Music is to provide the highest quality music education for both the music major pursuing a career as a performer, educator, and scholar, and for the non-major and member of the community learning about music as a part of a liberal arts tradition and of human culture and experience.

Newberry College
Newberry, SC
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Experience the Music! Newberry College’s nationally accredited (NASM) Department of Music is perfect for aspiring music performers, music teachers, and church musicians. We strive to prepare students for future careers in all areas of music. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, and an outstanding faculty of active performers who are also experienced teachers, every student receives the kind of personalized, attentive instruction that is essential to developing one’s musical talent to the fullest. The Alumni Music Center recently renovated its front lobby and recital hall as the beginning of an initiative to improve the resources for Newberry’s Music Department. Currently the Center houses a 150-seat recital hall, practice rooms, a band room, offices, and classrooms.

North Greenville University Cline School of Music
Tigerville, SC
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North Greenville University offers professional degrees within a strong liberal arts setting with the BA in Church Music (Praise and Worship Track and Seminary Track), Music Education, and Music Performance. The four components of theoretical skills, style recognition, basic keyboard proficiency, and performance proficiency are inter-related, working together to provide the experiences necessary for the development of effective musicians. Additional components are found in the specialized areas of church music, music education, and performance.

Presbyterian College
Clinton, SC
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The Department of Music is one of the most vital, energetic, active, and engaging areas of student activity at Presbyterian College. Hundreds of students are involved in musical activities and classes every term. Performances by major ensembles, chamber ensembles, junior and senior music majors and minors, faculty, and artistic guests frequent the calendar and are available to all PC students, the greater PC community, and the general public.

South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, SC
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The mission of the Music Program at South Carolina State University is to provide students with educational and performance experiences that cultivate creativity, develop performance proficiency and enhance scholarly potential in a multifaceted global society. The music faculty and administration are committed to educational excellence for all students and strive to effectively instill the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for students to pursue graduate study, careers as creative artists, and teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools. The Music Program is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Program offers the Bachelor of Science in Music Education and the Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Music Industry.

Southern Wesleyan University
Central, SC
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God is seeking musicians who are dedicated to serving Him in churches, schools and communities. The effective Christian musicians seek to reach out to others and engage the prevailing culture, wherever God leads them. We prepare our students to meet that challenge through excellent teaching and personal example.

University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
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A superiorly prepared, diverse, and inspiring music faculty here at South Carolina creates, studies, performs, teaches, and advocates for music. And, they do so in excellent facilities, in a vibrant, southern urban location, and with the support of hundreds of outstanding alumni and patrons throughout the country and across the globe. As a result, the USC School of Music enjoys a national presence in the fine profession of higher education in music and is poised to leverage this presence into even greater action and leadership on behalf of music in our world. The “culture of doing through and in music” represented in the work and aspirations of our School of Music both resonates with the greater University of South Carolina’s focus on economic, social, cultural, and aesthetic research and development while at the same time prepares new professional musicians with the skills and knowledge to be successful in their careers and with championing music’s power in all our lives.

University of South Carolina-Aiken
Aiken, SC
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The Department of Visual and Performing Arts is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through the development of artistic tradition, which includes the arts of all cultures. We strive to make the arts accessible to all members of the university and community by instilling a comprehension and appreciation of the interrelationships of all the arts. The department helps prepare dedicated/talented students to continue the traditions of our profession and expand its scope. Our focus is on the individual student, so that each might find meaning and fulfillment as an artist, as an educated member of society, and as an expressive human being.

University of South Carolina-Upstate
Spartanburg, SC
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The music program includes courses in commercial music, jazz studies, music theory, music history, piano/keyboard, choir, guitar, and applied lessons. The ever expanding music program places an emphasis on contemporary topics that include music business, history of rock music, career preparation, and songwriting. Whether you are looking for a performance group as an elective or preparing for a career in the music industry, the USC Upstate Music Department provides a wide range of opportunities to meet your goals.

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC
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The Department is housed in the Conservatory of Music – an effective environment for study, practice, and performance. The Department of Music offers professional degree programs in a liberal arts setting. Our music programs are accredited nationally by the National Association of Schools of Music (since 1940), the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Winthrop University has identified the arts as one of its areas of excellence.