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Theory: Music, B.M.

School of Music

Explore music theory along with composition and history in a rigorous and creative environment committed to musical excellence. You'll develop independent research skills while pursuing a broad academic education.

A bachelor of music with an area of emphasis in music theory provides the study of music composition, traditional study in theory and history and work in related fields such as conducting, performance, education and music technology. You'll participate in a major ensemble related to your declared primary instrument.

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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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Enjoy broadening your studies with courses in music entrepreneurship, audio recording, music industry and more.

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    Learn by Doing

    Pursue research opportunities working closely with faculty mentors in music theory and other areas of interest.

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    Supportive Community

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

What You’ll Study

Complete core education courses in communication, global citizenry, history, humanities, ethics and information literacy. Study music courses in theory, history, aural skills, music electives and ensembles. Students will perform a series of jury exams on their primary instrument or voice in a wide array of musical styles and demonstrate fundamental piano skills.

Building Skills

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

  • Communication

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

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Performer
  • Sound Designer
  • Music Instructor
  • Show Technician

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Entertainment

Advanced Degrees

Advance your career or options with post-graduate education.

I really enjoy studying with the teachers in the music theory department. Not only do they have incredible knowledge of the subject, but also they are passionate for my success in the field.

Spencer Martin
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Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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