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Regardless of the musical path you want to follow, the music department at Coastal can help you achieve success! We have a fantastic Bachelor of Arts program that offers our students a state-of-the-art music education with a multitude of opportunities in the music classroom and on the performing stage. Graduates of The Coastal Department of Music have gone on to have successful careers in a variety of musical fields, including music education, music performance, recording technology, music publishing, arts administration and music business. Whatever your musical interests are, we will help you reach your goals and give you the skills you need to take the next step in your musical career!

All music students fulfill core music course requirements in Music Theory, Sight-Singing, Piano Proficiency, Western Music History and Music Technology. From this thorough and well-balanced foundation, students then have the option of three distinct tracks. 

The Teacher Preparation track prepares students to be artistic, confident and successful teachers in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 music classrooms and ensembles. Our competitive curriculum provides students with opportunities to explore and study the world of music through performance while guiding them to be artistic educators. After students successfully complete the prescribed undergraduate curriculum for Teacher Preparation, they will be accepted to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Coastal Carolina University to complete the requirements for licensure as a music educator (preK-12) in the public schools of South Carolina. Coastal Carolina University is proud that this intense course of study has successfully placed 95% of our graduates. 

The Music Performance curriculum puts emphasis on building the necessary skills to develop a successful career as a performer in the 21st century. Performance majors will develop valuable real-world skills performing in large ensembles, chamber music groups and jazz/commercial music ensembles. Music performance students are required to complete two recitals, play in additional ensembles, and take additional courses in music theory, music history and music business beyond the standard music core curriculum. 

The Music General Studies curriculum is designed for students who seek a broad program of general music education rather than intense specialization during the undergraduate years. After completing the music foundation sequence, students round out their undergraduate curriculum from a wide and increasing range of upper-level music electives such as Recording Technology, Composition, Contemporary Commercial Arranging, and Improvisation/Jazz and Popular Theory. Coastal Carolina University recognizes that the field of music is broad, multifaceted, rapidly changing and very competitive. In an effort to offer initial career council and determine an appropriate course of study that will prepare our students for a lifetime in music, all incoming students must complete a performance audition on their primary instrument before being admitted as music majors.



The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program is the 5th year of a 5-year program designed for students who have a bachelor's degree in music and who desire to obtain a K-12 teaching certificate. Students completing the entire 5-year program at Coastal Carolina University earn the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, majoring in music/music education track for four years, and the MAT degree to complete professional education requirements. During the 4th year of undergraduate work, application is made to the Spadoni College of Education. The MAT work requires one year, June-August. Students may elect to work toward licensure in either instrumental or vocal/general music. The curriculum includes a strong music performance emphasis; a solid foundation in music literature, theory, and the liberal arts; undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and education; and practica (practical experience), with internship opportunities in the spring semester of the MAT work. The liberal arts core is adapted to fulfill state licensure requirements. The music electives ordinarily associated with the BA in Music curriculum are, for students in the five-year program, devoted to prerequisites for the MAT degree and for the teaching license; thus, there are very few free elective hours in this curriculum. A limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships are available through the Spadoni College of Education.

Admission to Program
Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program must meet the admissions criteria of the School of Graduate Studies. In order to be eligible for admission to the MAT in Music program, students must have earned a bachelor's degree in music from Coastal Carolina University or an accredited institution. An audition is required for acceptance. This requirement can be satisfied by the successful completion of a 400 level senior recital during the Coastal Carolina University undergraduate degree. Outside candidates, or candidates that have not successfully completed a 400 level senior recital, must schedule an audition.

For specific details, please go to the Spadoni College of Education website or contact Dr. Tonya Propst (843-349-6478).