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Mission Statement

hands on piano keysThe mission of the Department of Music at Coastal Carolina University is to provide quality music education for all students, excellent performances for the public and service to the university and community.

We believe that music has intrinsic value as a vital and indispensable part of the human experience and nurtures the artistic and creative impulse common to all societies. To that end, we seek to cultivate and sustain a student-centered learning community which supports superior professional and pedagogical training, provides a wide variety of excellent individual and ensemble performance opportunities for all students, and, as a unit in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, is an integral part of a liberal arts education.

In our commitment to excellence, the department recruits and maintains an exceptional and diverse faculty, staff and student population in order to achieve departmental and institutional goals for both undergraduate and graduate education. Serving South Carolina and the broader region, we offer public concerts in a variety of styles and settings and provide music to enhance various university and community functions. Our highest purpose is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, core values and integrity that contribute to life-long learning and service in the arts, and active citizenship in a democratic society and interdependent world.