Become a licensed South Carolina music teacher and enjoy performance, teaching, leading and research opportunities. Develop outstanding professional teaching skills in this one- to two-year program.
In collaboration with the USC College of Education, the master of arts in teaching degree is designed for music students whose undergraduate degree was not in music education. Prepare for a career in music education and qualify for initial South Carolina teacher certification. Choose from a choral/vocal, instrumental strings or instrumental winds/percussion track.
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. Participate in ensembles and collaborate with other students in real teaching experiences through Music for Your Life programs for children and adults.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students
Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression
Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential
Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs
Preparing and delivering effective and engaging presentations to inform, persuade or inspire
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
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.
Job Titles of Alumni
- Music Teacher
- Choral Director
- Band Director
- Orchestra Director
- Music Education Specialist
- Private Lessons Teacher
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