Scholarly and Professional Studies

USC Thornton Scholarly and Professional Studies Division encompasses commitments to scholarly studies and professional music performance.

The strong programs of study that this division supports, together with interdisciplinary partnerships between academics and performance, provide the best kind of professional preparation in today’s complex cultural settings.

The key attributes of the division:

  • An environment in which innovation is constant, resilience trumps stability, and where personal creativity, courage, and a sense of possibility are the keys to success
  • Interdisciplinary partnerships coupled with resources available from one of the top research universities in the country
  • The most relevant and effective professional preparation to create leaders in today’s complex cultural settings

“Welcome to all considering a connection to the Scholarly and Professional Studies Division. If you are interested in one or more of the outstanding programs in this Division, I hope you will contact us for more information about how your studies might be supported by work here.”

Peter Webster
Vice Dean
Scholarly and Professional Studies
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Peter Webster honored by National Association for Music Education

January 21, 2014

Peter Webster

Peter Webster, Vice Dean of the Division of Scholarly and Professional Studies and Scholar-in-Residence of Music Education, was recently named the 2014 National Association for Music Education Senior Researcher for the Society for Research in Music Education. The award, which recognizes significant scholarship in music education, honors Webster’s lifelong contributions to the field through his […]

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