Teaching Assistantships

Many departments within the Thornton School offer teaching assistantships to qualified master’s and doctoral students pursuing degrees within the Thornton School. In most cases, a special TA application must be submitted in order to be considered.

Download the Thornton TA application and details here:

TA Application

Deadlines

Group piano: January 12
All other programs: December 1

Teaching Assistantship (TA) positions are offered in a variety of areas including:

  • Choral Music
  • Classical Guitar
  • Early Music
  • Group Piano
  • Jazz Studies
  • Keyboard Collaborative Arts
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory
  • Music Industry
  • Opera Accompanying
  • Percussion
  • Studio/Jazz Guitar
  • Vocal Arts
  • Wind Ensemble

Most Thornton Teaching Assistantships are 1-year appointments and can be re-assigned to new students each year. It is common, however, for TA’s to keep their position for more than one year while they complete either a masters or doctoral degree.

TA duties can include teaching private lessons to non-music majors, teaching class-piano or class-voice, assisting faculty with lecture courses, leading discussion sessions, teaching sight-singing, preparing scores and handling logistics for ensemble rehearsals, and accompanying (opera, choral ensembles, vocal students, auditions).

Compensation for most TA positions includes a tuition waiver, health and dental benefits and a stipend of roughly $10,000 per year. Specific benefits and award amounts vary from year to year.

Note: The TA application must be submitted directly to the appropriate department within the Thornton School in order to be considered. TA Applications submitted to the Thornton Admission office or to the USC Admission office will not be considered.

Download the Thornton TA application and details here:

TA Application

Important information

For students applying for Admission to USC as well as a TA position:
Supporting documents submitted as part of your application to USC will be reviewed as part of your TA application. (Such as: resume, recommendation letters, educational history and transcripts). It’s not necessary to submit extra copies of those documents with your TA application. Please be sure the supporting documents you upload with your USC on-line application are relevant to both your application for admission and to your TA application.

Please don’t upload this application form with your USC on-line Graduate Application.

For current Thornton students who are not applying for admission:
Please submit the following with your TA application, all in one package: resume, repertoire list, 2-3 letters of recommendation, copies of transcripts form all institutions you’ve attended including USC (unofficial transcripts are OK), any other requirements specified for your particular TA position (see following pages for details).