Studio Guitar

Overview

Boasting a faculty of world-class touring and recording guitarists, the USC Thornton Studio Guitar program is considered one of the finest guitar graduate programs in the world and offers Master of Music (MM) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees, as well as a Graduate Certificate (GCRT) in Studio Guitar.

The innovative and groundbreaking program offers a strong emphasis in jazz and popular music skills and techniques, while providing a foundation in classical training. 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.

Note To Undergraduate Guitarists: USC Thornton offers three different programs for undergraduate guitarists. Please refer to the application requirements for Jazz Studies, Popular Music Performance, and Classical Guitar.

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Scary Pockets covers Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You”

October 13, 2017

https://youtu.be/g_xcxu0TTvo Scary Pockets is a Los Angeles funk band that features four USC Thornton alumni. Vocalist Kenton Chen (’10, Popular Music), guitarist Ryan Lerman (’09, Studio/Jazz Guitar), drummer Ben Rose (a Dornsife grad who majored in Jazz Studies for one year), bassist Sam Wilkes (’13, Popular Music), and keyboardist Jack… read more

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