Thornton Videos

In 2007, Thornton became the first music school in the country with its own dedicated YouTube page after USC established an institutional channel on the popular Web site.

Highlights include interviews with current faculty artists, classical and jazz pianists Daniel Pollack and Alan Pasqua, excerpts from a recent documentary on the life of the cello legend Eleonore Schoenfeld, who passed away last year, performances of Adam del Monte on flamenco guitar and a student jazz group, SuperAxe, as well as excerpts from the school’s storied program in scoring for motion pictures and television.

Much of the video content is a result of our collaboration with, an interactive platform that provides expert advice from some of the most successful music entrepreneurs, thinkers and educators in the country.

Below is a list of the Thornton videos available at


Lucinda Carver
Ken Cazan
Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Adam Gilbert
William Kanengiser
Larry Livingston
Ken Lopez
Erica Muhl
Alan Pasqua
Daniel Pollack
Frank Potenza
Brian Shepard
Frank Ticheli

Full Interviews

Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Larry Livingston
Ken Lopez
Alan Pasqua
Frank Ticheli

Professor’s Musical Education and Career Path

Lucinda Carver’s Education and Training
Reviewing Past Performances by Lucinda Carver
Career Regrets by Lucinda Carver
Adam Gilbert’s Career Path
Erica Muhl’s Early Training
Daniel Pollack’s Training
Daniel Pollack’s Career Accomplishments
Getting His Start in Music Education by Frank Potenza
Brian Shepard’s Career Path

Teaching Methods and Philosophies

Staging an Opera by Ken Cazan
Being a Custodian of the Opera Tradition by Ken Cazan
Teaching Singers to Act by Ken Cazan
Piano and Collaborative Arts by Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Teaching Early Music Education by Adam Gilbert
Conducting Philosophies by Larry Livingston
Teaching Acoustics by Ken Lopez
Teaching Composition by Erica Muhl
Teaching Improvisation by Alan Pasqua
Teaching Methods by Daniel Pollack
Why Teaching Makes You a Better Musician by Frank Potenza

What Students Need to Know

Challenges of Conducting Opera and Classical by Lucinda Carver
Conducting Different Sections of the Orchestra by Lucinda Carver
Creating Cohesion when Conducting an Ensemble by Lucinda Carver
How to Know if you are Conducting a Successful Performance by Lucinda Carver
Preparing to Conduct a Performance by Lucinda Carver
Building a Strong Relationship with your Ensemble by Lucinda Carver
Varied Arts Awareness by Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Finding Your Voice by Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Promotion Essentials by Ken Lopez
Importance of Score Study by Erica Muhl
Becoming a Great Conductor by Erica Muhl
Relationship Between Teaching and Composing by Erica Muhl
Making Time for Composing by Erica Muhl
Balancing the Contribution of the Conductor and the Composer by Erica Muhl
What Students Need to Know by Alan Pasqua
Importance of Having Diverse Musical Interests by Frank Potenza
Balancing Versatility and Virtuosity by Frank Potenza
Overcoming Performance Anxiety by Frank Potenza
Being Well-Rounded by Brian Shepard
The Importance of Passion by Frank Ticheli

Music: Today and Tomorrow

Staging Operas in Modern Contexts by Ken Cazan
Future of the Music Industry by Ken Lopez
Piano Education Today by Daniel Pollack
Revising the Studio Jazz Curriculum by Frank Potenza
Current Trends by Brian Shepard
Future of Distance Learning by Brian Shepard

Career Opportunities

How to Enter the World of Opera by Ken Cazan
Going Forward as an Artist by Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Careers in Early Music by Adam Gilbert
Making it in the Business Today by Larry Livingston
Career Opportunities by Ken Lopez
Business Side of Composing by Erica Muhl
Pursuing a Career in the Arts by Alan Pasqua
Preparing for a Life as an Elite Musician by Daniel Pollack
Choosing a Career in Music Education by Frank Potenza
Los Angeles Guitar Community by Frank Potenza
Making a Living as a Composer by Frank Ticheli

Technology and Music

Role of Technology by Erica Muhl
Technology and the Jazz Guitar Program by Frank Potenza
Pedagogical Technology by Brian Shepard
Internet2 and Music Distance Education by Brian Shepard


The Audition Process by Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Audition Tips for Guitarists by Frank Potenza

Advice for Parents

Advice for Parents of Musicians by Lucinda Carver
Advice for Parents by Larry Livingston
Advice for Parents of Musicians by Erica Muhl

Influences, Mentors and Heroes

Opera Directors Ken Cazan Admires
Heroes and Influences by Kevin Fitz-Gerald
Major Influences by Erica Muhl
Importance of Mentors by Erica Muhl
Getting to Know your Musical Heroes by Frank Potenza

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Context Important when Conducting a Work? by Lucinda Carver
What Responsibilities Does a Conductor have to the Audience? by Lucinda Carver
Finding the Right Music Teacher by Kevin Fitz-Gerald
What is Early Music? by Adam Gilbert
What Skills Does a Composer Need? by Erica Muhl
Committing to a Four-Year Music Program by Frank Potenza
What is Composition? by Brian Shepard
What is Orchestration? by Brian Shepard
Why Study Music? by Brian Shepard
The Process of Composing by Frank Ticheli


Playing the Harpsichord by Lucinda Carver
Programming Concerts by Lucinda Carver
“Classical Music” and the “Music of our Time” by Lucinda Carver
Source of Creative Energy by Ken Cazan
Appeal of Opera in the Original Language by Ken Cazan
Introduction to Early Music instruments-Part 1 by Adam Gilbert
Introduction to Early Music instruments-Part 2 by Adam Gilbert
Folk Music Incorporation by Erica Muhl
Being a Woman Composer by Erica Muhl
Composers & Copyright Infringement Suits by Erica Muhl
On his Custom Guitars by Frank Potenza



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