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 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 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. Following internship completion, Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy graduates sit for the national board certification examination.
The Music and 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 12-week internship with a local church ministry and a senior worship project. The 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.
All students seeking a minor in music must complete 23 hours of qualifying music course. These courses include ensemble participation, studio lessons, aural and theory classes, music history and an elective.