Popular Music

Popular Music


Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the cutting-edge department that’s become the site of Los Angeles’ most productive new music scenes, “ the Popular Music Program at the USC Thornton School of Music is a unique music degree program for the rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin and country artist. The program addresses the dynamic and changing landscape of the music profession, serving the needs of musicians who do not fit the traditional classical and jazz offerings that are typical in most university music programs. Current students and alumni of the program, which enrolled its first class in the fall of 2009, have received major recording contracts, won respected songwriting awards and  performed in national touring bands.The program is open to instrumentalists, vocalists and songwriters pursuing studies in contemporary pop/rock, folk-rock, R&B/Urban, Latin/Salsa and other popular styles with a concentration on small ensemble performance, live performance, studio and film scoring sessions.

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USC Thornton ranks among top music schools in the nation

November 8, 2013


The Hollywood Reporter listed the USC Thornton School of Music as one of the top music schools in the country, and a “springboard to the industry.” The story noted that Elton John performed twice with Thornton students in September, including on stage at the Emmys. “USC has the finest film/TV music program in the country,” […]

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