USC Thornton’s International Network

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We at USC Thornton believe that our international network is a strategic tool to prepare students for life in a multifaceted globalized environment, and that music transcends borders, race, religion and politics. It is one of the most effective ways for intercultural engagement.

To help fulfill this vision, the Thornton School belongs to several organizations of higher music education internationally and partners with the most prestigious schools of music and conservatories in the world.

USC Thornton is a member of the Association of European Conservatories (AEC)

The Association of European Conservatories (AEC) is the leading voice of colleges and university schools of music in Europe, which was established in 1953. AEC sees professionally focused arts education as a quest for excellence in three areas: artistic practice; learning and teaching; ­­and research and innovation. It seeks to foster these elements and to encourage the diversity and dynamism with which they are pursued in different institutions, countries and regions.

USC Thornton is a founding member of the Pacific Alliance of Schools of Music (PAMS)

The Pacific Alliance of Music Schools (PAMS) is an international network that creates closer ties between institutions in the Pacific Rim and builds the region’s strength as a driving force for music education and culture. It also aims to enhance multilateral exchange and deepen opportunities for international development.

The PAMS network comprises the following members:

The USC Thornton School of Music is a member of the ConNext Network

ConNext is a movement for excellence and relevance in 21st century higher music education, centered upon an embrace of change, open noncompetitive connection, trust and fellowship, and a guerilla spirit. From a position of mutual respect, member institutions commit to exploring issues that are central to student, faculty and institutional growth, together.

The ConNext Network comprises the following members: