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School of Music

  • String Project student teaching
  • Children's Music Development Center
  • Music education student in elementary school classroom
  • New Horizons Band student conductor

Music Education

We prepare students to become the music instructors of tomorrow while providing significant performance, teaching, leadership and research opportunities.

UofSC Music Education encompasses three main elements.

  • Teacher education, including emphases in early childhood/elementary, choral, strings and winds/percussion.
  • Leadership programs, including the Children's Music Development Center, the Choirs of Carolina Mentoring Initiative, the Congaree New Horizons Band Program and the USC String Project.
  • Research and creative activities, including a wide range of study options.

Teaching certification preparation is available through the Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Education degree. 

Music Education Faculty

Gail V. Barnes

Gail Barnes

Gail Barnes teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in stringed instrument methods and orchestra literature. She also teaches graduate courses in topics such as Introduction to Research in Music Education, Administration and Curriculum of Music Programs (with a focus on the Sociology of Music Education). Her research interests include community and school orchestra programs and access to music education for under-served youth.

Jabarie Glass

Jabarie Glass

Jabarie Glass serves as the associate director of choral studies, and he conducts University Chorus, Women’s Chorus, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting and choral music education.

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jacobs teaches classes in the music education department. He is the director of the Carolina Band, and conducts the Symphonic Winds.

Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin

Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin

Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin teaches classes in the music education department. She is the assistant director of bands and assistant director of athletic  bands and assists with the Carolina Band, directs the women's basketball band, and conducts the University Bands.

Amanda Schlegel

Amanda Schlegel

Amanda Schlegel is assistant professor of instrumental music education at UofSC. Her research interests surround music perception and cognition as a function of instrumental music teacher/conductor effectiveness, music teacher education, and affective and emotional responses to music.

Wendy Valerio

Wendy Valerio

Wendy Valerio’s research interests include early childhood and elementary music development. She is a frequent presenter at national and international music education professional development conferences. Valerio supervises a variety of early childhood and elementary music practicum experiences for undergraduate music education majors, and she advises dissertations and theses.


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