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School of Music

Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory


We cultivate musical leaders who are vocal advocates for the power and necessity of the arts within contemporary society. Spark’s initiatives prepare students and faculty to effectively make their case to educational communities, politicians, policy makers and new audiences and communities.

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Activities for students and student groups to engage and lead arts advocacy rallies are regular occurrences.

Music Advocacy is required for all freshman music majors.

Library collection
The Spark Library Collection features numerous titles related to advocacy.

Trans-disciplinary learning
The School of Music maintains collaborations with other arts agencies and units on campus that articulate advocacy messages and leadership-related advocacy events where students can develop voices for action.

We work closely with key partners to increase meaningful advocacy opportunities for our students , like “why Music is Important to Me” table tents, displayed during the South Carolina Arts Advocacy Day luncheon.

Our speaker series regularly features presentations related to music advocacy.