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Violin/Viola Pedagogy: Music, M.M.

School of Music

Our master of music pedagogy with a concentration in violin or viola prepares students to teach upper strings from beginning to advanced levels. Unique practical teaching opportunities enhance our program.

We offer an exceptional educational experience for future string teachers. Our program is a national and international model. This degree program is directly partnered with The Suzuki Academy of Columbia and USC so graduate students have the opportunity to learn Suzuki method pedagogy by observing and teaching in a working Suzuki method program.

Program Highlights

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    Renowned Program

    A national and international model program with high standards of pedagogical training for violin and viola students.

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    Distinguished School

    Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

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    Unique Opportunities

    Gain rewarding experiences teaching children of all ages and adults in the unique USC String Project laboratory.

What You’ll Study

Benefit from some of the finest faculty and programs in the Southeast for strings education. Master your performance and teaching skills. Study music education foundations and techniques, music learning and teaching with practicum opportunities. Collaborate with other students in real teaching experiences through Music for Your Life programs for children and adults.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Performance

    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

  • Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Educator
  • Performer

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Director of Vocal Music
  • Music Educator
  • Professional Musician
  • Symphonette Director
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Director of Music Ministry

Workplace Settings

  • Music
  • Education

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland Library
  • Auburn University
  • Musical Theatre Workshops
  • Benedict College
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Fullerton Piano and Musikgarten Studio