Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

Music Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Education is a professional degree designed for students who plan to teach music in levels K-12. It also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in Music Education. Performing areas include Piano, Vocal, or Instrumental Music.


Coursework for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Music Education might include: Music Theory, Piano, University Band, Music Theory, Music History, World Music, General Conducting; Woodwinds, University Choir, Vocal Pedagogy; Applied Voice and more!

Admission Requirements to Clinical Practice

Admission to professional clinical practice (student teaching) usually occurs during the first semester of the senior year if all of the following have been achieved:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of a minimum of 2.75
  2. Passing scores on all appropriate Praxis II 64 2015-2017 content exams
  3. Passing score on the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam
  4. Acceptable professional clinical practice interview evaluations
  5. Passing scores on field experience evaluations
  6. 100 documented hours of field experience
  7. Successful fingerprint and background review
  8. Grade of “C” or higher in all major courses

Audition for Scholarships

Auditions for music scholarships are held throughout each year, and are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional performance ability and academic achievement. Scholarships range from $500 to full tuition, room and board. Students will follow the same procedures for auditioning as mentioned above. 

The last date to audition for scholarships are indicated on the Department of Music Audition Application. Additional information on institutional scholarships, grants, loans and federal work-study is available through the University's Office of Financial Aid.

Claflin Academic Catalog

Courses & Requirements

View the academic catalog to see all courses and requirements.

2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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