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Students may elect to enroll in private lessons for composition, percussion, piano, strings, voice, or wind instruments. Lessons are available to students, regardless of major, but require a placement audition prior to the beginning of the semester and permission of the program coordinator. Private lessons are given weekly throughout each semester and may be taken for one or two credit hours. For more information, contact us at

Broaden Your Understanding

USC Aiken Music offers courses such as Introduction to Music, World Music, Music Theory & Aural Techniques*, History of Western Music I & II, and other topics courses that provide opportunities for musical growth in a lecture-based class. To learn more about courses available through USC Aiken Music, visit Course Descriptions.

At USC Aiken, studies in music are an integral part of campus life – all students are invited to participate in music activities, regardless of major. As a part of USC Aiken Music, you’ll find a faculty dedicated to student success, challenging ensembles, opportunities for personal growth, courses designed to broaden your understanding of the world, and individualized attention to help you reach your potential.

Programs of Study

We offer the following programs of study:

  • Bachelor of Arts – Major in Music Education
  • Bachelor of Arts – Major in Fine Arts (concentration in music)
  • Minor in Music

Bachelor of Arts – Major in Music Education

The degree in music education provides intensive studies in both music and education. The degree plan is approximately 140 credit hours of study – or nine semesters – for completion. Upon completion, students are licensed to teach music K-12 in either choral or instrumental music. For more information about required course work or our advisement sheets for students, please select one of the links below:

If you have a question about music education, please contact Dr. Joel Scraper, Coordinator for Music Education, at 803-641-3306 or

Upon admission to USC Aiken, if you intend to pursue a degree in music education, you must complete a music audition. Learn more about the audition process.

Bachelor of Arts – Major in Fine Arts

A degree in fine arts is not a degree in music; however, it does provided broad based instruction in the visual and performing arts – in the areas of art, music, and theatre – and students have the flexibility to choose elective courses in a concentrated area of study. Many students use this degree to focus on music studies in areas of composition, applied music, or music history. To learn more about course work associated with the fine arts degree, please select the link below:

If you have a question about the fine arts program, please contact Dr. Richard Maltz, Advisor for Fine Arts (music), at 803-641-3625 or

Minor in Music

The minor in music is uniquely adaptable to individual needs and is an ideal program of study for those seeking intensive studies in music while pursuing another degree. The minor is 18 credit hours and may chosen from courses in music theory and aural skills, music history, private lessons, and university ensembles. For more information about the courses applicable to the Minor in Music, please select the link below:

  • Minor in Music

Interested in one the programs of study? Please contact us at for more information.


The Etherredge Center
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken, SC 29801
P: (803) 641-3305

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday : 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Friday : 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday : Closed

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