Studio Guitar

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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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Frank Potenza to be honored in native Rhode Island

March 16, 2017

Frank Potenza, a member of USC Thornton’s Studio/Jazz Guitar faculty, will be inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. The Providence native lived in Rhode Island until the 1980’s and formerly taught at the Rhode Island School of Music. Potenza, who is an active performer, composer and arranger,… read more

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