Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Music offers programs for the entire student body as well as for the serious musician pursuing a music major.
- All College of Charleston students, regardless of major, benefit from broad exposure to many academic areas through the College’s liberal arts education. Music, one of the original liberal arts, plays an important and distinctive role in the lives and education of the entire campus community.
- Students enjoy small class size and individual instruction by faculty members who are all accomplished professional musicians, including an artist-in-residence and a composer-in-residence.
- The department offers numerous opportunities to perform and to attend performances by world-class artists and distinguished faculty members.
Major in Music
Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, with a concentration in Performance (piano, voice, strings, classical guitar, orchestral instruments, jazz), Music Theory/Composition, or Music History/Literature.
In addition to completing the standard College-wide form for declaring a major in a specific department, music majors need to be accepted through an audition (if majoring in a performance area) or a conference with a faculty member (music theory & composition or music history).
- Program Information
- Degree Requirements
- Music Course Descriptions
- Music Practice and Performance Course Descriptions
- Download major brochure (pdf, 33 KB)
- Download major declaration form
Minor in Music
The minor in music consists of nine hours of required courses in music theory, music literature, and music history, plus nine hours of music electives. All music minors are advised by Dr. Blake Stevens.
Courses for Non-Music Majors
In addition to the Music Minor, there are many opportunities for non-majors to participate in ensembles, applied lessons, and music classes.
College of Charleston ensembles are open to both majors and non-majors. Auditions/interviews for ensembles are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Please check with the Music Office for specific schedules.
The Music Department offers individual instruction in both classical and jazz performance areas. Private lessons are 30 minutes (1 credit hour) or 60 minutes (2 credit hours) per week. These lessons carry a fee of $225 per credit hour in addition to regular tuition charges. Auditions/interviews are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Please check with the Music Office for specific schedules.
Music Courses for Non-Majors That Qualify as Humanities
- MUSC 131 Music Appreciation
- MUSC 222 Special Topics for Non-Majors
- MUSC 230 Masterworks of Music
- MUSC 232 History of Popular Music in the U.S.
- MUSC 337 Opera Literature
- MUSC 347 History of Jazz
- FYSM 150-001 Art Songs from Schubert to The Beatles (offered Spring 2011)
- SPOL 150 Music/Arts-Spoleto (offered each MayMester)