A New Vision for Music Education

“Music education hasn’t changed very much in 150 years,” said Peter Webster, Vice Dean of the Scholarly & Professional Studies Division.

Peter Webster, Vice Dean of USC Thornton’s Scholarly & Professional Studies Division

USC Thornton is looking to change that with a new Master’s degree for students who want to earn a teaching certification in California and other states.

“We’re really trying to represent music to wider numbers of people in exciting and meaningful ways,” Webster said.

The degree in K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice is designed to train today’s music teachers to maintain the traditional methods of music education in schools while engaging a wider and more diverse number of students.

“Many of us would like today’s music teachers to feel comfortable teaching a wind ensemble, overseeing a rock band, leading a songwriting class using acoustic and digital technology, and organizing concerts of student-created music in schools and community centers,” Webster said.

Designed for performers, composers and songwriters from a variety of music backgrounds, the application deadline has been extended to January 17, 2018.

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