Peter Webster

USC Thornton is taking exciting new strides in studying music and child development with new faculty members, formed pioneering partnerships, and by researching a population which has rarely appeared in scientific literature – children from inner city of Los Angeles.

Peter Webster, professor emeritus and director of the PhD program in music education at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, will join Thornton’s faculty in Fall 2013.

The announcement of the hiring follows the school’s July announcement about a new partnership with the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and Heart of Los Angeles. The institutions have embarked on a five-year project designed by Thornton faculty Beatriz Ilari and Assal Habibi from the USC Brain and Creativity Institute which will explore the role of early music engagement in learning and brain function.

“With the new study, new faculty, and the new partnership with the USC Brain & Creativity Institute, the Music Education program is poised for spectacular growth,” said Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton Scholl of Music.  “Thornton is in a great position to lead the research of childhood musical development for years to come.”

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