Studio/Jazz Guitar


Boasting a faculty of world-class touring and recording guitarists, the USC Thornton Studio/Jazz Guitar program is considered one of the finest guitar programs in the world. An innovative and groundbreaking program, it was the first of its kind and the first to offer a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in a stand-alone guitar program with a strong emphasis on jazz stlyes and the development of popular music skills and techniques, the program also provides a foundation in classical training. The alumni include top touring sidemen with major recording artists, composers for film, television and other media, classical ensembles, music supervisors and world-renowned teachers and professors of music. Our alumni have performed with a diverse array of distinguished artists and ensembles including John Mayer, Jennifer Lopez, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Miley Cyrus, Ben Folds, Eels, Michael Bublé, Ray Charles, Enrique Inglesias, Ricky Martin, and Mark Anthony. Acclaimed alumni include Paul Jackson Jr., Lee Ritenour, Andy Abad, Adam Hawley, Charles Altura, Matt Greif, Andrew York (of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Richard Smith and Larry Koonse.

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Pat Kelley

Pat Kelley headlines first annual Chet Baker Festival

October 19, 2015

Pat Kelley, senior lecturer in USC Thornton’s Studio/Jazz Guitar program, headlined at the first annual Chet Baker Jazz Festival on October 10, 2015. The event was held in Yale, Oklahoma, the birthplace of the renowned jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Kelley and his trio performed in one of several concerts honoring… read more

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