Take the next step with advanced exploration of your original ideas in a rigorous and creative environment committed to musical excellence. Hone professional composition skills through one-to-one instruction.
Receive advanced training in composition and related areas, and study in the corollary areas of theory and history. Work with digital technology to create and produce music. Degree requirements include successfully passing an oral examination, and the composition of a chamber work of at least 15 minutes in length as a thesis.
Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.
Work with our internationally renowned composition faculty, and enjoy opportunities to hear new works regularly.
Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.
Study music technology and work in our three studios of advanced digital equipment for the creation of music.
What You’ll Study
Compose music by studying, listening to existing music and hearing the music you have created. Work with digital technology to create and produce music. Discuss topics related to creativity, composing and musical analysis. Participate in ensembles and collaborate with other students and visiting artists. Demonstrate masters-level knowledge of compositional techniques.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience
Thinking imaginatively, generating original ideas and expressing unique perspectives through art and innovation
Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports
Identifying opportunities and creating and launching new ventures
Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
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Employers of Alumni
- Conundrum Music Hall
- The Lorenz Corporation
- University of South Carolina