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Performing Arts

Master of Arts in Teaching

Performing Arts Performance

Arts education is vital to the intellectual and emotional growth of youth. Through this program, you’ll explore the curriculum and management of elementary and secondary music and theatre education programs, and be prepared to inspire confidence and creativity in a new generation of students. You’ll also study current trends in arts education and advanced choral and theatre techniques.

This degree is designed for individuals who possess undergraduate degrees (or equivalent experience/training) in music, theatre or dance, and who desire to teach in public schools. The degree consists of a concentration in choral music (leading to South Carolina certification/licensure in general and choral music education for grades P-12) and a concentration in theatre (leading to certification/licensure in P-12 theatre). A concentration in dance (leading to certification/licensure in P-12 dance) will be offered in the future.

Admissions Criteria (for choral music concentration)

Admission to the M.A.T. in the Performing Arts Choral Music Concentration will be granted based on a review of each applicant’s admission materials by a faculty admissions committee consisting of the program director and two professors from the School of the Arts and/or School of Education, Health and Human Performance. Each application should include the following:

  • a fully completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
  • an official college transcript from an accredited institution documenting the completion of a BS or BA with a concentration in the arts and the successful completion of human growth and development and arranging courses.
  • an essay describing the applicant’s suitability for and desire to pursue the M.A.T. program and a career in education.
  • an audition/interview demonstrating the applicant’s performing and/or teaching ability in his/her chosen discipline.
  • a 2.5 overall undergraduate GPA, and a 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework (demonstrating academic proficiency).
  • a statement of disclosure concerning all prior convictions including felonies and misdemeanors.
  • an official copy of test scores of the GRE, which include the verbal, analytical and writing assessments.
  • an audition that includes the requirement for demonstrating the music proficiencies expected of undergraduate music education graduates in their major instrument, voice and functional keyboard.

In addition to the special audition requirements, entrance exams will be administered in two areas: music theory and music history. The results of these additional audition requirements and entrance exams will be reviewed by an entrance exam committee consisting of the program director(s) and the chair of the music department. Two of the three committee members are music unit faculty. If a candidate does not meet these proficiencies, conditional admission is possible. The student may be required to take undergraduate coursework to gain the needed competencies. This coursework will not count toward degree completion.

Admissions Criteria (for theatre concentration)

Admission to the M.A.T. in the Performing Arts Theatre Concentration will be granted based on a review of each applicant’s admission materials by a faculty admissions committee consisting of the program director and two professors from the School of the Arts and/or School of Education, Health and Human Performance. Each application should include the following:      

  • a fully completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
  • an official college transcript from an accredited institution documenting the completion of a BS or BA degree with a concentration in theatre (or English with courses in technical theatre, theatre history and performance and/or experiential knowledge) and the successful completion of courses in human growth and development and directing for the stage.
  • an essay describing the applicant’s suitability for and desire to pursue the M.A.T. program and a career in education.
  • two letters of recommendation. (At least one from a theatre professional who has knowledge of your work.)
  • an interview and performance or portfolio demonstrating the applicant’s performing/technical/teaching ability. (In the interview with the admission committee, the candidate will be asked questions concerning their basic understanding of acting terms, character creation and script analysis. The candidate will also be asked to prepare a written production concept based on a play assigned by the committee. The candidate will be given guidelines to prepare their production concept, which will be discussed in the interview.)
  • the candidate will present a performance (including two contrasting monologues, or a monologue and a musical theatre song) or a portfolio demonstrating the applicant’s performing/directing/technical, and/or teaching ability.
  • a 2.60 overall undergraduate GPA, and a 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework (demonstrating academic proficiency).
  • a statement of disclosure concerning all prior convictions including felonies and misdemeanors.
  • an official copy of GRE scores, which include the verbal, analytical and writing assessments.

In addition to the special audition requirements, entrance exams will be administered in three areas to ascertain proficiency levels in: technical theatre, theatre history and basic acting/directing knowledge. The results of these additional audition requirements and entrance exams will be reviewed by an admissions committee consisting of the program director and the chair of the theatre department. At least two of the three committee members will be theatre unit faculty. If a candidate does not meet these proficiencies, conditional admission is possible, and the candidate will be required to take undergraduate coursework to gain needed competencies prior to full-time admittance into the program. This coursework will not count towards completion of the MAT degree.

2014-15 Tuition

in-state: $484 per credit hour
out-of-state: $1,263 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1

Contact Information

Laura Turner
Program Director and Coordinator for Concentration in Theatre 
843.953.7733

Robert Taylor
Program Coordinator for the Choral Music Concentration
843.953.8231
music.cofc.edu/grad-progs/index.php

For more information, email: teachingperformingarts@cofc.edu

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