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The University of South Carolina School of Music has established a national reputation for artistic and scholarly excellence. One of the school's newest offerings is a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in musical theatre, designed specifically for students interested in pursuing an outstanding liberal arts music degree with a specific focus on musical theatre.

What to Expect

Music students at South Carolina develop close working relationships with dedicated, world-class faculty members and have opportunities for collaborative learning and performing, in-depth research and travel.

At the School of Music, students benefit from our rich musical resources, including two advanced computer music studios, our extensive music library collection and our state-of-the-art recording studio. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse resources throughout the university and to collaborate with artists in other fields.

As part of the process of building well-informed, flexible artists for the ever-changing industry, the musical theatre concentration immerses students in multiple performance opportunities each semester, involving both cutting-edge contemporary and classic genres of musical theatre. In lieu of a cognate or minor, students will complete 18 credit hours of dance and theatre courses, as well as Musical Theatre Workshop each semester. Students will participate in exciting offerings each year, including guest master classes with musical theatre professionals, collaborations with organizations and fully staged showcase performances each semester. 

An audition is required to be considered for this degree program.

Offered by the School of Music, this degree provides an excellent general education combined with rigorous training in musical theatre.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a student pursuing this major option:

  • Music Theory I-IV
  • Aural Skills I-IV
  • History of Western Music I-III
  • Ballet Technique I, Contemporary Dance Technique I or Jazz Dance Technique I
  • Beginning Voice and Speech
  • Beginning Acting
  • Elements of Design for Theatre Production
  • Intermediate Acting

Exact requirements and a four year degree plan are available to view online.


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