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Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina

Explore - Create - Engage - Lead

Our Mission

Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina, supplements a traditional music school experience by preparing musicians for vibrant and sustainable futures. We offer coursework, project support, guest residencies and other initiatives to foster an environment of creative learning, skill development and personal exploration. Spark empowers members of the School of Music community – students, faculty and staff – to develop and explore diverse and dynamic careers. Spark advocates for the transformative power of music and the arts to make a difference in our communities, equipping future music leaders with the tools they need to make a difference.

As a student at the USC School of Music you can:

Explore your unique voice.
Identify opportunities and take chances

Create your vision.
Build a concept, test an idea, reflect on the process, repeat

Engage others.
Advocate for the arts locally, nationally and internationally

Lead into the future.
Broaden and enrich the reach of the arts in our society

Spark Events

Throughout the academic year, Spark creates events to relax, stimulate and engage School of Music students, faculty and staff. Events, dates and times are posted on school video monitors located throughout the school.  

Build community and develop tools to thrive in these interactive professional development workshops. 

 Interact with guest presenters to explore a variety of topics from marketing to improvisation and more. 

Keep your mental, emotional and physical health in mind with these weekly reminders and events. 

Engage in an intimate and casual setting alongside alumni and guest artists, exploring different ideas and topics through faculty and student-led interviews.

Learn from and be inspired by guest artists and presenters in a variety of performances, master classes, and discussions on campus and in the community. 

Enjoy events, snacks and activities that help you relax, rejuvenate and reconnect during Finals Week. 

2023-24 Calendar of Events

September 6 Grad Mixer Hosted by SPARK
September 20

Honing your Artistic Mission for your Musical Career

Prof. Claire Bryant and The Decoda Project

September 27 The Art of the Hustle (Interactive/Role Play Session)  Jason Calloway and the Amernet Quartet 
October 4  Improvisation Workshop  Dr. Colleen Clark 
October 11 Get the audition!  How to Record a Rockstar Audition  Prof. Dominic Armstrong
 October 18 Injuries discussion panel  Dr. Scott Herring and Dr. Ari Streisfeld
 October 27 Learn about the Spark Grants  Professor Calloway & Ms. Emerson
November 8 Wellness Wednesday: Mindfullness Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley
November 15 Music Librarianship Ana Dubnjakovic
November 29 Wellness Wednesday: Grab & Go SPARK

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.