Gain additional knowledge in pedagogy, music theory and history, educational research, assessment, curriculum development and more. A teaching certification is required. Online courses are available.
In collaboration with the USC College of Education, the master of music education degree is designed for music students who already have teaching certification. Enhance your general music knowledge and understanding of learning theories, and familiarize yourself with cutting-edge pedagogy and research. Choose from a recital track, a thesis track or neither.
Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.
Learn while doing with hands-on experiences teaching in one or more Music For Your Life community outreach programs.
Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.
Virtually half of all public school music teachers in South Carolina are graduates of our program.
What You’ll Study
Study music education foundations and techniques, graduate music courses, professional education courses in the College of Education, courses in music learning and teaching and practicum opportunities. Examine learning diversities and education trends. Participate in ensembles and collaborate with other students in real teaching experiences through Music for Your Life.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Attention to Detail
Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project
Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication
Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression
Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives
Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Music Teacher
Job Titles of Alumni
- Music Teacher
- Choral Director
- Band Director
- Orchestra Director
- Music Education Specialist
- Private Lessons Teacher
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $65,012
Employers of Alumni
- Charleston County School District
- Richland County School District Two
- University of South Carolina
- Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra
- South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra
- String Theory Chamber Music