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School of Music


Spark: Carolina’s Music Leadership Laboratory

COMMUNITY: Engagement

We are committed to impacting the lives of community members from a wide range of ages, races, socio-economic backgrounds and neighborhoods.

We make this happen through a number of initiatives, including:

  • Community-based ensembles
  • Community-based performances
  • Community-based classes 

We offer

Community engagement opportunities through classes
Chamber music outreach, early childhood music classes and music education classes offer students experience engaging with the community.

Community ensembles
Groups like the USC String Project, the Congaree New Horizons Band and the Community Music School at USC, offer ensembles that bring music making to community members.

Community performances
Suzuki classes, the USC String Project and the New Horizons Band are some of the groups that perform regularly in the community.

Grants
Funding opportunities like the Leadership Scholars Program bring community engagement ideas to life. 

Library collection
The Spark library collection features numerous titles related to community engagement and teaching artistry.

Partnerships
Ongoing relationships with organizations ranging from public schools to the Veterans hospital bring music students into the community.

Workshops
Spark offers regular workshops and visiting artist sessions on developing engaging community programs.

Student-designed programs

USC School of Music students are active in the community and add vibrancy and musical life and learning to many educational and social service organizations. Students learn to develop meaningful and enriching music programs and play an active role in our community. Our students have designed programs for A.C. Moore Elementary School, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Hand Middle School, Oliver Gospel Mission, Rice Estate, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, SisterCare and Dorn VA Medical Center.

USC's community-based music programs