Horton School of Music Majors
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is for either choral or instrumental students who will be qualified for S.C. certification upon graduation to teach public school music in the kindergarten through 12th grade level. Charleston Southern University is the only university in the lower part of the state that is National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education 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 are required to present a 30-minute recital on their major 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 has been accredited since the late 1970s. Each semester, music therapy students work with children, adults and geriatrics with various disabilities, using music to help them achieve therapeutic nonmusical goals and to improve their quality of life. Music Therapy students must complete all music courses required by other music majors plus courses in psychology and music therapy. The culmination of the degree is a six-month internship at a site approved by the American Music Therapy Association.
Bachelor of Arts in Performance degree is for students with extensive study on a particular instrument. The coursework for the student majoring in this degree emphasizes participation in solo and ensemble performances, requiring both a junior and senior recital. Many students have the opportunity to study with members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra who serve as adjunct music faculty members. Frequently, the performance major continues his/her studies in graduate school or chooses to be a studio teacher.
Bachelor of Arts in Music & Worship Leadership degree includes three core areas of emphasis: music, worship and Christian studies. The standard music core, 33 credit hours, includes music theory, music history, basic conducting and voice training. Students will receive two years of basic voice lessons prior to one year of commercial voice study. Our goal is to teach the student to maintain vocal health while singing in a modern style. Students may choose either keyboard or guitar study to complement their voice training. The music core meets the National Association of Schools of Music accreditation standards for a Bachelor of Arts in Music. A second core area is worship studies. In addition to classes in congregational song, church music education and worship leadership administration, we have added classes that focus on the history of worship, planning Biblically sound worship services, worship technology and contemporary music theory and arranging. Two more significant additions are a 10-week internship with a local church ministry and a senior worship project. A Christian studies core includes Old and New Testaments, systematic theology, Christian leadership and evangelism. Music and Worship Leadership students will graduate with a background in Christian doctrine and a solid biblical foundation to support worship planning and song writing.