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Music Industry

Music Industry Studies go well beyond classes in audio recording, although we have that too! Come and learn about the ever-changing landscape that is the music industry and gain the skills necessary to work and succeed.

The Music Industry Studies program is part of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina.  As the state's flagship institution, it is our goal to prepare students for the next phase of their lives - professional careers within the massive $72 billion (and growing!) music industry.  While classroom learning can provide vital information that can help students develop understanding and awareness on topics, there is little that can compare to hands-on learning, or experiential learning.  The MIS Program was founded on this concept; to provide our students with classroom education and real-world training that will give them the greatest chance of success in their professional lives. Whether it is being on-site with one of the largest music festivals in the United States, working in a real recording studio under a tight timeline, or promoting their own shows and events, the Music Industry eXperience (or MIX) allows our students to explore the fields they are interested in while under the guidance of experienced faculty and mentors. 

Curriculum Highlights

  • Two years of lessons on instrument(s) of your choice
  • One year of music theory classes
  • Recording Arts classes (audio, recording, mixing, etc.)
  • Music Industry Chat series - engaging 

Application Requirements

  • Apply to University of South Carolina
  • Personal statement essay - what are your experiences and why is the University of South Carolina the right fit for you?
  • Digital portfolio showcasing your experience in  Music Industry
  • Optional audition (necessary for scholarship/applied lesson consideration)
  • Interview with the MIS team

For more information, contact Jennifer Mitchell, Assistant Director of Music Admissions, at (803) 777-4281 or email her at

Industry Partners


                    The Music Experience logo

                     American Musical Supply logo

                    Danny Wimmer Presents logo image

                   Korg Keyboards USA logo

Earth Quaker Devices

Elixer Strings logo

Support the Music Industry Studies Program

Help this program grow! Choose the program(s) that mean the most to you, and make your gift in any amount.

Provides resources not covered by tuition and fees for students to engage in hands-on, real-world experiences to attain transferable job skills for the many jobs in the music industry. Critically needed funds allow for student travel to music festivals, conventions, and conferences, as well as enrichment activities geared toward exposure to music industry professionals. Through the MIS Enrichment Fund, donors invest in the future of students who seek to make the world a better place through music.  Click to donate.

Offers students with financial need the opportunity to experience a School of Music education that they would not otherwise be able to afford. Music Industry Studies students are musicians first, whether instrumentalists, singers, or performers of various genres, but who also view the world of music as an environment rife with possibilities of employment beyond music-making. By supporting MIS student scholarships, donors provide a gift well into the future.  Click to donate.


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