Music

Often called “the universal language,” music reaches minds and hearts in ways that nothing else can.

As a Coker music major, whether you choose to study piano, voice, or music education, you will follow rigorous yet rewarding curriculum that challenges and develops your creative and intellectual potential.

With personal guidance from accomplished faculty members, our discussion-based round table learning philosophy challenges students to explore, defend and communicate their ideas and creative perspective. Outside of the classroom, students benefit from immediate opportunities for solo performances, theatrical roles, internships, regional and national ensemble tours, study abroad and study away opportunities.

  1. All-Steinway School

    In 2017, Coker University celebrated its designation as an All-Steinway School, honoring a commitment to use Steinway-designed instruments in all classrooms, practice studios and performance spaces campus-wide. Less than one percent of colleges and universities in the world are designated as All-Steinway Schools, and Coker is one of only three colleges in South Carolina with this distinction.

  1. Accreditation

    National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Key Classes for Your Success

Conducting


In this course, you’ll learn score preparation and interpretation, baton techniques, and rehearsal planning techniques. Students studying conducting will have opportunities to prepare and perform a piece with one of the Coker choral or instrumental ensembles. (B.M.E., Music Education)

Coker Singers


This audition-only ensemble invites 14-16 singers to study and perform choral chamber works from a variety of musical periods. The choir presents several concerts each semester, both on- and off-campus. (B.A., Voice Concentration)

Piano Pedagogy


If you’re interested in teaching piano, this course provides an ideal opportunity to hone your skills as an instructor. You’ll learn about methods of teaching in private, group, and laboratory situations—and you’ll gain firsthand experience as you first observe, and then teach, real-world lessons with guidance from Coker music faculty. (B.A., Piano Concentration)

Which Concentrations Feel Like a Good Fit for You?

(B.A)

Voice

Learn to make the most of the instrument you were born with. If vocal performance is your strength, a concentration in voice is the perfect area of study for you. Opportunities to perform with the Coker Singers and in your own senior recital let you put your knowledge into practice.

(B.A.)

Piano

Focus your music studies with a concentration in piano. You will study a thorough foundation of music theory, history and technique, with additional courses in piano pedagogy and literature, applied piano, collaborative piano. A variety of opportunities to perform helps you apply your knowledge.

(B.M.E)

Music Education

Combine your love of music with your love of teaching—and learn how to share the wonder of music with a new generation. Students completing the Bachelor of Music Education degree will be recommended to the State of South Carolina for certification to teach K-12 general music.

(B.A. – for Theatre Majors)

Musical Theatre

If musical theatre is your real passion, a music major with a concentration in musical theatre will take you where you want to go. You will take courses in voice, acting, dance and theatre, supplemented with specific courses—like Broadway and Hollywood Musicals—plus numerous opportunities to perform. 

Click here to learn more about the theatre program.

One Degree That Opens All These Doors

Musician

$40,822

Choir Director

$42,967

Music Recording Engineer

$49,108

Music Teacher

$41,543

Composer

$40,963

Disc Jockey

$36,449

Music Director

$40,182

Music Therapist

$41,109

Talent Agent

$47,994

Will You Be Auditioning?

Admittance to the music program requires all students to complete an audition. Each auditionee will be considered for a music scholarship. Students are also welcome to be considered for one of our ensembles with additional scholarship opportunities.
To schedule your audition and submit your application materials visit getacceptd.com/coker. To schedule just an audition, click here.

Music program audition dates:

November 1, 2019 – 11:00AM-12:30PM
February 21, 2020 – 11:00AM-12:30PM
April 3, 2020 – 3:30PM-5:30PM

Audition Guidelines

Admittance to the music program requires all students to complete an audition. Each auditionee will be considered for a music scholarship. Students are also welcome to be considered for one of our ensembles with additional scholarship opportunities.

  • Complete the Acceptd application and submit the $30 registration fee prior to attending an audition
  • Upload a headshot
  • Select and attend an on-campus audition day (listed below)
  • The following items will need to be prepared:
    • Two selections in a contrasting style that demonstrate ability and are sung from memory
    • At least one of these selections must be composed before the year 1900 and must be performed in the original language
    • Recorded accompaniments are not allowed
    • If a student requests an accompanist, please send a request with the titles of selections.
  • Complete the Acceptd application and submit the $30 registration fee
  • Upload a headshot
  • The following items will need to be uploaded:
    • Two selections in a contrasting style that demonstrate ability and are sung from memory
    • At least one of these selections must be composed before the year 1900 and must be performed in the original language
    • Recorded accompaniments are not allowed
    • If a student requests an accompanist, please send a request with the titles of selections.
  • Complete the Acceptd application and submit the $30 registration fee prior to attending an audition
  • Upload a headshot
  • Select and attend an on-campus audition day (listed below)
  • The following items will need to be prepared:
    • A balanced program of two works from contrasting style periods
    • The program may include complete works or individual movements from larger works
  • Complete the Acceptd application and submit the $30 registration fee
  • Upload a headshot
  • The following items will need to be prepared:
    • A balanced program of two works from contrasting style periods
    • The program may include complete works or individual movements from larger works

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