USC Thornton offers courses for everyone whether you are embarking on a degree, earning a graduate certificate or artist diploma, considering a minor, or rounding out your electives at USC.
Develop your skills with a graduate or undergraduate degree in our classical, contemporary, or scholarly & research programs.
Regardless of your major or level of experience, we invite you to study and create music at USC Thornton.
Designed for artists concentrating their energies on the full-time development of their discipline, who hold an undergraduate education in music or its equivalent.
Whether you dwell in the city or study abroad, USC and the USC Thornton School of Music offer pathways and resources to support your journey.
Los Angeles is home to over nine million people from more than 140 countries. Reside in one of its historic districts or apply for USC campus housing.
USC Thornton belongs to a consortium of international schools of music and conservatories, creating global gateways for students.
Contributions to leadership exist at all levels at USC Thornton, stewarding our university culture, people, and programs.
Dean, USC Thornton School of Music
Jason King, renowned musician, journalist and scholar, will begin his tenure as Dean at the USC Thornton School of Music on July 1, 2023. King earned his PhD in performance studies from NYU, though his musical interests and accomplishments span many genres. He currently serves as chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts.
USC Thornton School of Music
Senior Leadership is responsible for managing institutional operations at USC Thornton through administrative units and channels. Additionally, the Faculty Council, Staff Council, and Student Council have power to make studies, reports and recommendations to the Dean and to Senior Leadership in matters pertaining to their constituencies.
Interim Dean, Thornton School of Music
Josh Kun, the interim dean at the USC Thornton School of Music, is a professor and chair in cross-cultural communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. An acclaimed cultural historian, critic and curator, Kun works at the intersection of arts, culture & politics, with an emphasis on music.
As the oldest continually operating cultural institution in Los Angeles, USC Thornton celebrates over a centennial of artistry and scholarship.
Philanthropist and arts patron Flora Laney Thornton is the namesake of USC’s Thornton School of Music.
As the first USC professional school, the Thornton School of Music produced nearly half of USC’s first 100 graduates in 1884.
During Dean Cutietta’s two-decade tenure, USC Thornton expanded the definition of what it means to be a music school.
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