Majors and Courses

PC offers two degree tracks for music majors

Bachelor of Arts in Music – The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a liberal arts degree for students who wish to major in music at Presbyterian College.  The program is intended  for students who intend a career in music but have not yet decided upon an area of interest; for students who wish to double major (that is, combine a music degree with another degree); for students who have a general interest in music at the collegiate level but are not intending a career in music; and, for students already intending a career in another field but have a strong avocational interest in music and are leveraging their time at PC to be as prepared as possible to pursue those interests.

Bachelor of Science in Music Education (Vocal/Choral & Instrumental) – The Bachelor of Science in Music Education is offered to provide a professional degree leading to certification as a teacher by the state of South Carolina within the context of the music program at Presbyterian College.  The program is specifically intended for students who are interested in public school teaching grades K5-12, general music and choral/vocal.

We also offer a minor in music

Minor in Music (a general, liberal arts minor available to all PC students) – The Minor in Music is intended for students who have an interest in pursuing studies in music beyond that of participating in ensembles and/or private lessons, but do not wish to be as involved, academically, as would be required in one of the major programs.

Degree Explanations

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is the basic degree in the Department of Music. This degree requires experiences in theory, music history, musicianship studies, keyboard proficiency, and personal and ensemble performance. There are 34 required hours in the program, 10 required hours in ensembles, and students will select additional hours to complete the total of 55 hours for the degree.  The degree may be combined with programs in other academic disciplines to form a double-major. (Consider that included in that total are 8 hours in applied vocal/instrumental study and another 10 hours in ensembles.)

The Bachelor of Science in Music Education is a combination of a music degree with a minor in Professional Education. Students successfully completing this program earn a K-12 teaching certificate from the state of South Carolina. Though rigorous and busy, this degree may be completed during a four-year PC career. Students in the music education track should begin working with an adviser early in their college career. While the first two years of the music education track are very similar to that of the BA in music track, there are a few crucial differences, mostly related to the scheduling of courses that may only be offered in alternate years. An adviser with music education credentials can be very helpful in planning and executing a course plan.  Basic music courses in theory, music history, musicianship studies, keyboard proficiency, personal and ensemble performance, and ensembles are enhanced by required courses in music education methods, practicums, upper-level theory courses, required courses in psychology and education, and the final semester of directed teaching (student teaching.)

Other information concerning majors: The number of courses that students take and count toward graduation while at PC may be influenced by Advanced Placement hours earned prior to matriculation, college courses transferred to PC from another institution, performance on diagnostic tests taken at PC before beginning classes, the availability of courses, study abroad schedules, and many other factors.  Every student is treated as an individual and is personally advised by a qualified faculty member each term.  Students are monitored by advisers to assure progress toward graduation. A new computer program offered to PC students is called Degree Works.  Available inside Banner (PC’s academic/business application), students can use Degree Works to see a snapshot of their current academic standing, investigate different majors and minors, and plan registrations for upcoming semesters.

Basic Requirements of All Music Majors:

  • Recital Attendance every semester: Register for MUSC 1000 (0 sh) every term.
  • Applied Music: Special fees for applied music lessons will be billed each term.
  • Keyboard Proficiency: Students should seek to satisfy the proficiency requirement no later than the end of the sophomore year.
  • Second-Year Review: At the end of the second year of applied study at PC, students will perform an extended jury with interview before the faculty to determine suitability for continuing in music degree tracks.
  • Ensembles: Music majors must participate in a 1.0 sh ensemble every semester.  Students will also select a minimum of four 0.5 sh ensembles for the major.  The final semester of ensemble participation is waived for MusEd majors.
  • Competency in Music Technology: The Department requires that students acquire a basic competency in music technology.  A basic introduction to music tech is included in MUSC 1301 and 1302 and the use of notational and aural training software programs is required in music theory and musicianship classes.  The use of recording technology and the manipulation of audio files is required in applied experiences and in music history classes. 
  • Competency in Aural Skills: Aural skills are assessed through theory/musicianship classes, but drill and skill development occur throughout the curriculum including in applied lessons, ensembles, conducting, etc.

Requirements for the Minor in Music

The minor in music requires 22 hours which include applied lessons, major ensembles, music theory, music appreciation and electives.