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Conducting: Music, D.M.A.

School of Music

Develop highly qualified skills in the art and science of conducting with opportunities to demonstrate your full capabilities leading both choral and instrumental ensembles.

Prepare for your career at the highest musical levels, and study in areas such as music theory, music history and general research. Enjoy unique opportunities to conduct both professional and student groups across a range of the finest ensembles at Carolina, from choirs and orchestras to the entire range of bands.

Program Highlights

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    Distinguished School

    Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

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    In-Depth Study

    Demonstrate intensive scholarly knowledge of musicianship, theoretical and historical analysis, repertory and languages.

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    Authentic Experiences

    Conduct rehearsals and performances in settings that replicate professional preparation and presentation.

What You’ll Study

Gain advanced knowledge and skills in musicianship, instrumental and/or vocal competence, theoretical and historical analysis, repertory, rehearsal and baton technique and performance practices. Specialize in choral, band or orchestral ensembles. Our expert faculty works collaboratively to offer maximum opportunities for development.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Organizational Skills

    Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives


    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Professor
  • Conductor
  • Director

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Artistic Director
  • Choral Director
  • Band/Orchestra Director
  • Associate Director of Bands
  • Director of Choral Studies
  • Director of Music Ministries

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $69,626

Workplace Settings

  • Music
  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • Aiken Youth Orchestras
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Davidson Violins
  • Fort Mill School District
  • Loyola University Maryland