The BA in music education is for either choral or instrumental students who wish to be qualified for S.C. certification upon graduation to teach music in the kindergarten through 12th grade level. Charleston Southern University is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is approved at the undergraduate music education level and offers both choral and instrumental certification. In addition to practical teaching experiences and education and music courses, music education students participate extensively in ensembles and private studio instruction and are required to present a 30-minute recital on their primary instrument. A full semester of student teaching is also a requirement of the degree.
Charleston Southern was the first school in South Carolina to offer the Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy, and the program has been in existence since the late 1970s. Each semester, music therapy students work with clients of all ages, from preterm infants through senior adults, with various needs, using music to help them achieve nonmusical therapeutic goals. Music Therapy students must complete all music courses required by other music majors plus courses in psychology, anatomy and physiology and music therapy. The culmination of the degree is an approximately six-month internship at a site approved by the American Music Therapy Association or at a university-affiliated facility. Following internship completion, Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy graduates sit for the national board certification examination.
The BA in performance degree is for students who wish to pursue extensive study in voice, piano or other instruments. The coursework for the student majoring in this degree involves intensive studio study, participation in solo and ensemble performances, and requires a 30-minute junior and a 60-minute senior recital. The Horton School of Music performance faculty are members of and perform regularly with renowned professional music organizations such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Jazz Orchestra, North Charleston Pops Orchestra and are frequent recitalists at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Members of the faculty have professional recordings and Grammy nominations to their credit. Performance major graduates are equipped to continue studies in graduate school, perform professionally, open a private studio, or pursue other avenues in arts industries.
The Music and Worship Leadership degree includes three core areas of emphasis: Music, Worship Leadership, and Christian Studies. The music core, 34 credit hours, includes music theory, jazz and commercial music theory, music history, basic conducting, private studio lessons, music technology, and music notation. Students will choose among three different concentrations: Voice, Piano, or Guitar. The music core meets the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation standards for a Bachelor of Arts in Music. The second core area is Worship Leadership. In addition to classes in foundational principles in worship leading and worship leadership administration, we have incorporated courses that focus on the history of worship, planning biblically sound worship services, worship technology and contemporary music theory and arranging. Students will also complete two practicum placements within a local church and a 12-week internship with a local church ministry. This recital track degree is completed with a senior worship project in their last semester. The third core area is Christian Studies, which includes Christian Discipleship, Systematic Theology, Intro to Christian Ministry, and Hermeneutics. Music and Worship Leadership students will graduate with a background in Christian doctrine and a solid biblical foundation to support worship planning, song writing, and worship production.
All students seeking a minor in music must complete 23 hours of qualifying music course. These courses include ensemble participation, studio lessons, Musicianship classes (aural training and theory), music history and an elective.