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South Carolina School of the Arts

BM in Performance

Intensive individual study

The Bachelor of Music in Performance is for students who wish to become performing artists and create their own teaching studios. Music performance is an intensive study in individual and ensemble performance, pedagogy, music business and entrepreneurship and hands-on training in conducting and music technology. Students develop performance proficiency in different styles, including classical, commercial, worship music and more. In this program, students hone their craft through one-on-one instruction and performing in a variety of ensembles and recitals.

Students study under the guidance of our expert performance faculty in voice, piano or instrumental music (violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, harp, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion).

As a student here you’ll have access to these world-class musical artists and be mentored in the highest standards of musicianship.

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About the BM in Performance

Our Bachelor of Art in Music will provide you as a student with:

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Pedagogy Track

For students who want more in-depth preparation to teach and mentor future musicians

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Study in the foundational areas of music and specialize in areas you want to dive deeper into

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Catered Training

Receive instruction in a multitude of ways – private lessons, ensemble performances and much more

Career Outlook

The global commercial music industry is a $20 billion business. AU students have found careers as songwriters or composers in Nashville, TN; opened their own recording studios; or served as piano accompanists. The doors are open to many careers in the music industry with an AU Music Performance degree.
Careers and median salaries* you can pursue with a Music Performance degree include:

*Median salaries from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Four Dots  Musician or Singer: $39,810
Four Dots  Music Director or Composer: $51,670
Four Dots  Sound Engineer Technician: $55,810
Four Dots  High School Music Teacher: $61,660
Four Dots  Musical Therapy: $48,220
Four Dots  Entertainer: $33,155

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Schedule an Audition

An audition is required for students interested in enrolling as a music major in the South Carolina School of the Arts. All questions can be directed to