Music is a fundamental part of the human experience. It improves individual well-being and creates a shared experience for all within our global community.
Music students receive professional music training, with small class sizes to give individualized attention and numerous performance opportunities. We embrace technology to prepare our students for a wide variety of careers in the contemporary and global music industry.
Where Music Can Take You
Whether you want to pursue a career in education, commercial music, or performance, or combine the study of music with another major, you will find our extensive alumni network already making change in your targeted field.
“I am forever grateful for the Coastal Carolina Department of Music and the wealth of experience that it provided me. The faculty and staff were always so supportive, and they demonstrated for me what it means to be a quality musician while also teaching me how to be a good person along the way.”
MM in Conducting, Appalachian State University
current DMA student at University of Texas
“Attending Coastal as a music major was an amazing experience. Not only did I meet amazing people and have an amazing voice teacher, but I learned so much about my instrument and how to use it. I also learned so much about myself, my work ethic, and my performance. To this day when I have something to do that I’m really nervous about, I always remind myself of the times Coastal pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I remember that I can do anything. It really has given me tools to help me navigate this industry confidently.”
Professional Singer and Recording Artist, New York City
Commercial Music and Jazz at Coastal
With a low student-faculty ratio and small discussion-based classes, students are at the core of our program. Through individualized attention and career guidance, our faculty are committed to student success in the classroom and beyond.
Meet a Faculty Member
Eric Schultz, DMA
Assistant Professor and Grammy Quarterfinalist
Popular Courses in Commercial Music and Jazz
MUS 124: CalypSamba
CalypSamba provides students from all over campus the opportunity to explore world cultures through the performance of music. The ensemble consists of a diverse group of undergraduate students majoring in a variety of different fields. During its 20-year history, the ensemble has studied and performed musical styles from Africa, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Cuba and Brazil.
Careers in Music
A course open to all musicians interested in a career in music regardless of major. This course surveys multiple career options, and offers an overview of marketing, music publishing, and copyright law. Students interview industry professionals and finish with a project that serves as a steppingstone for their careers post-graduation.