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Music History

Music is a core element of our human experience and has been around since the first notes were struck by our long-forgotten ancestors. Now we study music history, ethnomusicology and music literature from varying perspectives to come to a better understanding of our musical past.

Graduate Degrees

At the School of Music, the Master of Music in Music History seeks to not only educate the music historians of the future but also build informed and successful musicians with exceptional critical listening and communication skills. A bachelor's degree in music (or the equivalent), including keyboard skills, is a prerequisite for this program.


M  Master in Music (Music History Concentration)

Graduate Director: Clifford Leaman, 803-576-5893,
Program Contact: Traci Hair, 803-777-4106

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School. 

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The music history department is fantastic. Every single professor is at the cutting edge of their expertise and wholeheartedly open to helping you as a student to succeed. I am so grateful to have worked with them, and my success is shared with their guidance, mentorship and friendship. One of the best parts of the program is that you are able to be an individual, and you are treated as such.

Jeffrey Yelverton, Jr.
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