About USC Aiken's Music Program
Music at the University of South Carolina Aiken strives to enrich students and community with meaningful and enriching arts experiences. Beyond offering traditional student performing ensembles, the music program hosts performing ensembles for the greater Aiken community. Other cultural opportunities exist through the twenty-five independent arts organizations in Aiken, many of which coordinate and sponsor performances and master classes for students at USC Aiken.
Emphasizing small classes and individual attention, study in music is fostered in an atmosphere that encourages personal and musical growth and nurtures individual accountability and leadership. Students are challenged to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively, and to acquire a breadth and depth of knowledge in their chosen field. As a part of the liberal arts curriculum, all students at USC Aiken may find a variety of opportunities within the music program by participating in music classes, musical ensembles, or applied lessons. Students opting to pursue music as a part of their coursework may choose from the Bachelor of Arts – Major in Fine Arts program of study (with a concentration in music) or the Bachelor of Arts – Major in Music Education program of study, or a minor in music.
Classes are held in the Etherredge Center, a performing arts complex completed in 1986 that houses two theatres, art galleries, class rooms, faculty offices, and practice rooms. The Daniel K. Miller Library is also housed in the Etherredge Center, which contains thousands of records and sheet music for classical, jazz, and popular music. Student research may be conducted in the Gregg-Graniteville Library, which holds all printed music, books, periodicals, and recordings, as well as on-line research tools and resources.
USC Aiken is proud to be an All-Steinway School and a member institution of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
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