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Music Performance at South Carolina

Your life can be measured by hours of instruction, practice, recitals and competitions. Your instrument is just as much a part of you as your limbs and your breath. So, for you, studying music performance is an easy choice, because it’s really not a choice at all. It’s a necessity.

What to Expect

As a music major with a concentration in music performance, you can choose from nine performance areas: brass, conducting, guitar, jazz, keyboard, percussion, strings, voice and woodwinds.

Every performance area is designed to maximize your potential, enhancing the technical skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a professional musician. While some instruction happens in the classroom, other skills are developed by performing in symphonies, operas, quartets, bands and ensembles.

An audition is required to be considered for admission to all music degree programs.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B Bachelor of Music (B.M.) – Performance Emphasis

Offered by the School of Music, this degree provides excellent general education combined with rigorous training in an area of emphasis.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a Bachelor of 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
  • Conducting
  • Ensemble
  • Pedagogy

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.

Graduate Degrees

One-on-one training with world-class faculty and visiting artist/teachers and diverse performance opportunities prepare our graduates for the challenges of a career in music. The School of Music offers a Master of Music with a music performance concentration, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree program and a certificate program in music performance.

M  Master of Music in Music Performance (M.M.)

Graduate Director: Andrew Gowan, 803-777-2838, agowan@mozart.sc.edu
Program Contact: Traci Hair, 803-777-4106, thair@mozart.sc.edu

Application information for graduate programs is available through our Graduate School. 

D  Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance (D.M.A.)

Graduate Director: Andrew Gowan, 803-777-2838, agowan@mozart.sc.edu
Program Contact: Traci Hair, 803-777-4106, thair@mozart.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

C  Certificate in Music Performance

Graduate Director: Andrew Gowan, 803-777-2838, agowan@mozart.sc.edu
Program Contact: Traci Hair, 803-777-4106, thair@mozart.sc.edu

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.