- All BA & BM candidates will perform a series of jury exams on their primary instrument or voice. Each exam will engage the candidate in performance of a wide array of musical styles reflective of undergraduate-level literature.
- All BA & BM candidates will demonstrate fundamental piano skills, including performing, transposing, harmonizing, and sight-reading at levels appropriate for undergraduate music majors.
- All BM candidates with a performance or jazz studies emphasis will perform one half-recital and one-full recital on their primary instrument. Each recital will consist of a wide array of musical styles reflective of undergraduate-level repertoire.
- All BM candidates in music education will demonstrate the ability to plan level-appropriate lessons and execute plans successfully in authentic teaching contexts in their area of specialty (band, choir, orchestra, elementary).
All applicants to the School of Music must audition on their principal instrument or voice. Admission to any specific degree is dependent on the qualifying audition. A student who wishes to enter the School of Music from another college on the Columbia campus must be in good standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher. A student who wishes to enter the School of Music from another USC campus must fulfill one of the following:
- Be in good standing, meet the admission requirements for a baccalaureate degree on the Columbia campus, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher.
- Be in good standing and have completed 30 semester hours with a GPA of 2.25 or higher on a USC campus. Transfer applicants from regionally accredited colleges and universities are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.25 (on a 4.00 scale) on all college-level courses attempted. If fewer than 30 semester hours of college-level work have been attempted, the applicant must meet both transfer and freshman entrance requirements.
Degree Requirements (121 hours)
See School of Music for information about progression requirements,and special academic opportunities.
Additional information is available in the “Undergraduate Academic Regulations” chapter of this bulletin, the School of Music’s Handbook for Undergraduate Students, or from the Office of Music Studies.
Program of Study
|1. Carolina Core||32-44|
|2. College Requirements||0|
|3. Program Requirements||15-40|
|4. Major Requirements||49-67|
Founding Documents Requirement
All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers. This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective. Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.
1. Carolina Core Requirements (32-44 hours)
CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-8 hours)
- any CC-ARP courses
SCI – Scientific Literacy (8 hours)
- two 4-credit hour CC-SCI courses
GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 hours)
Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimum passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required, if not already met through Carolina Core or the foreign language placement exam.
GHS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours)
- any CC-GHS course
GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours)
- any CC-GSS course
AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-CMS course
INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-INF course
VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)
- any overlay or stand-alone CC-VSR course
Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.
2. College Requirements (0 hours)
No college-required courses for this program.
3. Program Requirements (15-40 hours)
Supporting Courses (15-18 hours)
Foreign Language (0-3 hours)
- only if needed to meet 122-level proficiency
History (3 hours)
- The School of Music requires one U.S. History and one non-U.S. History course, both of which must be chosen from the approved Carolina Core GHS courses. Whichever is not fulfilled through the Carolina Core GHS requirement must be fulfilled through this Program Requirement.
Social Science (3 hours)
- Choose any from the list of CC-GSS approved courses.
Humanities (9 hours)
- Students who choose to complete the Musical Theatre Concentration must select THEA 170 as one of their Humanities courses.
Cognate or Minor (0-18 hours)
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
- Students must choose to complete a cognate (12 hours) or a minor (18 hours). The Cognate or Minor requirement is optional for students who choose to complete the Musical Theatre Concentration.
Electives (0-13 hours)
No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the School of Music. The School of Music allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification on inapplicable courses can be obtained from the School of Music.
4. Major Requirements (49-67 hours)
a minimum grade of C is required in all major courses
Major Courses (43 hours)
|MUSC 100||Recital Class (5 semesters are required)||0|
|MUSC 100A||Music Advocacy I: Understanding the Power of Your Music||0|
|MUSC 100L||Recital Class Laboratory||1|
|MUSC 116||Music Theory II||3|
|MUSC 117||Aural Skills I||1|
|MUSC 118||Aural Skills II||1|
|MUSC 215||Music Theory III||3|
|MUSC 216||Music Theory IV||3|
|MUSC 217||Aural Skills III||1|
|MUSC 218||Aural Skills IV||1|
|MUSC 353||History of Western Music I||3|
|MUSC 354||History of Western Music II||3|
|MUSC 455||History of Western Music III||3|
|Applied Music Courses 1|
|Select 8 hours 2||8|
|Total Credit Hours||37-43|
Must be completed satisfactorily for a minimum of six semesters & 12 hours of credit.
Students must complete a minimum of 4 semesters in a major ensemble and are required to participate in the major ensemble most closely related to their primary instrument. Students must declare a primary instrument upon acceptance into the program. The major ensembles are: Marching Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, Concert Choir, & University Chorus. Ensembles require an audition for membership. Regulations for attendance at ensemble rehearsals & performances are different from regulations for class attendance. Members of ensembles are expected to be present at every rehearsal & performance, unless excused by the conductor. Courses which qualify for the Chamber Music requirement include all MUSC 130 courses with a suffix of A-Z and topics in: Voice, String, Percussion, Wind, Guitar, and Keyboard. Students who choose to complete the Musical Theatre concentration must complete 4 semesters of musical theatre ensemble, selected from MUSC 130M and MUSC 450.
Major Electives (6 hours)
Students must complete a minimum of 6 hours of music major electives, including MUED 155 & MUED 156 (or demonstration of piano proficiency is required), if needed, or MUSC 278 for those whose primary medium is voice. Students who choose to complete the Music Theatre Concentration must choose MUSC 278 or MUSC 500 as two hours of their Major Electives.
Concentration in Musical Theatre (18 hours) optional
Students who choose to complete a concentration in Musical Theatre may not also choose to complete a Theatre Minor.
|DANC 102B||Ballet Technique I||2|
|DANC 112B||Contemporary Dance Technique I||2|
|DANC 178||Jazz Dance Technique I||2|
|THEA 240||Beginning Voice and Speech||3|
|THEA 270||Beginning Acting||3|
|THEA 280||Elements of Design for Theatre Production||3|
|THEA 370||Intermediate Acting||3|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.
Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.