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Support the Promise of the School of Music

The School of Music is recognized as a regional, national, and international leader in preparing professional musicians for tomorrow’s society. A world-class, diverse, and inspiring faculty educates and mentors students to study, perform, teach, and advocate for music’s important role in human life.

About the School of Music

From its vibrant University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Choral, Band, and Opera Studies programs to nuanced areas of study that include piano pedagogy and computer music, the School of Music enjoys high status in the profession of music education. The school’s mission endeavors to prepare new musicians with the skills and knowledge to be successful in their careers while championing music in our lives. 

Degree programs focus on leadership in music teaching, performance, composition, research, and related fields. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees are offered at the undergraduate level. Master of Music and Master of Music Education degrees anchor a graduate program also offering a Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education.

Hallmarks and Rankings
  • The School of Music is peer-evaluated to be among the most highly regarded music schools and conservatories in the U.S. and its Graduate Piano Pedagogy program is annually evaluated among the top three such programs.
  • Acclaimed and unique institutes and centers include SPARK - Carolina's Music Leadership Laboratory.
  • Outreach programs such as The USC String Project, Congaree New Horizons' Bands for seniors, and Community Music School are expanding music’s impact in South Carolina.


The School of Music’s major priorities involve undergraduate and graduate student support through the creation of newly endowed scholarships, assistantships and fellowships. Program enhancements are sought for the Band, Choral, Symphony, Opera Studies, and Graduate Piano Pedagogy programs, as well as for the Southeastern Piano Festival and other music programs including jazz studies and chamber music. Additionally, endowed professorships are vital to attract and retain highly acclaimed faculty. Your support will ensure the School of Music’s continued ability to attract talented students and faculty and to match their passions in every musical area allowing us to compete among the world’s finest music schools and conservatories.

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