Minors (For Current USC Students)

All minors require an application for admission. Please refer to the descriptions of each individual minor for specific admissions requirements, as well as courses that may be taken prior to admission as a gateway to the minor.

It is important to apply as early as possible to the minor that you want to complete, as admission to the minor allows access to required course offerings. If you are not admitted to the minor of your choice, staff members will help you explore different options for pursuing your musical interests at USC Thornton.

Deadlines

  • For Admission to the 2018 Spring Semester: October 1, 2017
  • For Admission to the 2018 Fall Semester: March 1, 2018

How to Apply:

In addition to any entrance requirements listed in the following program descriptions, applicants must complete the Online Application for a Minor in Music.
 

Minor in Jazz Studies

The Jazz Studies minor is for students who already play jazz and want to continue to expand their musical experience. Through jazz improvisation, theory, and history classes, as well as private lessons and ensembles, students will gain the tools necessary to perform at a high level. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, a performance audition is required. Applicants are asked to play all major scales in eighth notes at a tempo of mm120=quarter note. Applicants may also be evaluated on reading music and transcribing simple solos. For details about this minor, please contact professor John Thomas at johnthom@usc.edu. This minor is not available to B.M. Jazz Studies majors.
 

Minor in Music Industry

The Music Industry minor gives you an opportunity to explore careers in fields such as the record business, music publishing, artist management, radio, concerts, music for film, TV, video games, and the Internet. For performers, it provides the practical knowledge needed to protect your rights, maximize your opportunities, and understand the dollars and cents of the music business. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, students admitted to this minor will be expected to be in good academic standing with the University and maintain that standing. Contact the Music Industry department for further details. The minor is not available to Music Industry majors.
 

Minor in Music Production

A successful career in the 21st century music industry often requires that musicians be the songwriter, performer, producer and/or audio engineer on any given project. The minor in Music Production allows students to develop the creative, collaborative and technical skills required to compose, arrange and produce for contemporary music projects. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, admission is based on successful completion of MUSC 255: Songwriting I. Generally, students who earn a B or better in this course and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher are admitted. Students admitted to this minor will be expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 with no grade lower than a “C” for all courses taken in the minor. Contact the Music Technology department for additional information.
 

Minor in Music Recording

The Music Recording minor provides the basic tools for high quality audio recording needed in today’s music industry. Areas of study include digital equipment and recording, acoustics and speaker design, computer assisted recording and editing, remote recording techniques, advanced multichannel remix, audio mastering, and audio signal processing equipment. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, acceptance into the program requires successful completion of MTEC 277x: Introduction to Music Technology to assure that the student has sufficient musical background and skill. Generally, students who earn a B or better in this course and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher are admitted. For additional details, contact the Music Technology department.
 

Minor in Musical Studies

The Musical Studies minor is for students who already have a background in music performance and want to continue to develop their skills. Musical Studies minors have the opportunity to study their instrument in private lessons and participate in ensembles, as well as study music theory and music history. Through the electives, students may explore their own unique musical interests. Students may apply on virtually any instrument, including voice. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, a performance audition is required of applicants to this program.

  • Classical Piano: Three contrasting pieces including at least two different style periods are required for the audition. All three pieces must be memorized. For details, please contact the Keyboard Studies department.
    • For students applying for Spring 2017, the classical piano minor auditions will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 (morning).
    • For students applying for Fall 2017, the classical piano minor auditions will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 (morning).
  • Classical Voice: Two selections from the standard repertoire of their primary instrument or voice should be prepared for the audition. For audition dates and details, contact the Vocal Arts department.
    • For students applying for Spring 2017, the classical voice minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (evening).
    • For students applying for Fall 2017, the classical voice minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (evening).
  • All other instruments: Two selections from the standard repertoire of their primary instrument should be prepared for the audition. To schedule an audition or for further information, contact the appropriate music department. The minor is not available to music majors.

 

Minor in Musical Theatre

Fine acting, good singing, beautiful dancing: it takes years to master the craft for any of those disciplines. The Musical Theatre minor is designed to broaden the skills of anyone on such a track by offering classes in theatre, music, and movement. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, a performance audition is required of applicants to this program. Two selections from the standard musical theatre repertoire should be prepared for the audition. One selection should be a ballad and the other a more up-tempo piece. To schedule an audition or for further information, contact the department of Vocal Arts. The minor is open to all majors.

  • For students applying for Spring 2017, the Musical Theatre minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (evening).
  • For students applying for Fall 2017, the Musical Theatre minor auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (evening).

 

Minor in Popular Music Studies

Explore the roots of the music that you know and love and expand your musical horizons. The Popular Music Studies minor is for students whose passion is popular music and who want to delve into the cultural and historical contexts behind the music. Previous musical experience is not required. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, students must be in good academic standing to be admitted to this minor. No previous musical experience is required. For more information, please contact the Popular Music department.
 

Minor in Songwriting

Songwriting is a craft that you can learn and develop even if you haven’t spent years studying music. This minor offers practical hands-on instruction in the techniques of writing and performing your own original works, the technology to produce your songs, and critical studies in relevant repertoires. You will have opportunities to interact with established songwriters and to have your work showcased in public performances. For minor course requirements, please click here.

In addition to the Application for a Minor in Music, admission to this minor requires enrollment in MUSC-255 (Songwriting I) and an evaluation by the songwriting faculty. For more information, contact the department of Popular Music.

 


Are you looking to study music or play an instrument without the commitment of a minor degree? View USC Thornton’s General Education and Elective offerings to explore additional opportunities, from world music to private lessons and beyond.