Jazz Studies


As one of the first free-standing jazz studies departments in the nation, the USC Thornton School was a pioneer in the development of an academic curriculum dedicated to the one true American musical art form. With a world-renown faculty, the Jazz Studies department prepares young musicians for success in the professional performance arena. Recent graduates have assumed prominent roles in jazz and popular music across the nation. The USC Thornton Jazz Studies department consistently ranks in the top three to four in the nation in major jazz periodicals.

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Peter Erskine

Peter Esrkine featured on the cover of “JAZZed” magazine

November 17, 2015

“One of the most celebrated jazz drummers of the past half century,” Peter Erskine, USC Thornton Jazz Studies professor and director of Drumset Studies, was featured as the cover story for the October issue of JAZZed magazine, one of the premier resources for jazz educators and music education advocacy for… read more

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