Campus Experience

There is a lot to see and do at USC outside of the classroom. Below are a few offerings specific to USC Thornton, arts, and culture; for University life at large, visit EngageSC.

Thornton in Los Angeles

Students in orchestral music, opera, jazz, film scoring, songwriting and popular music performance are only a subway ride away from professional companies in their field among the finest in the world. 

A free, university-wide arts & humanities initiative featuring acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers. 

USC Thornton offers 10 different venues to perform, with 24-hour practice room access at our Gateway studios.

Located in the historic Doheny Memorial Library, the Music Library holds over 90,000 reference & research items.

Performance Opportunities

Thornton Trojans regularly perform at the El Rey, the Hollywood Bowl, and Disney Hall as part of their collegiate involvement. Ensembles & music clubs exist all levels, including non-majors and community members.

Musicians’ Health & Wellness

The physical, mental and emotional health of any music professional is a critical ingredient to success. USC Thornton is committed to supporting the health and wellness of our students through information and support.

Creating Community

Build relationships outside of the classroom through acts of service at USC Thornton or explore university-wide opportunities through USC’s Volunteer Center.

Photo of smiling college students standing outside the campus of a university.

The Thornton Student Council (TSC) exists to amplify and advocate for the student experience at the Thornton School of Music.

TCEP mentor seated at a table with a younger student, both holding ukuleles.

The USC Thornton Community Engagement Program (TCEP) provides music opportunities for children in the local area, as well as service-learning experiences for Thornton students.


Thornton Student Ambassadors

“As the years went on, I realized that there are so many opportunities for cross-genre collaboration, and I encourage first-year students to look into these opportunities further. If what you want to do hasn’t been done yet, take initiative and create the space for it – you will be supported every step of the way!”


Former Thornton Student Ambassador

Two students singing onstage with microphones.

Stay Connected

Come to campus for a tour, arrange a talk with a student ambassador, or reach out to a departmental coordinator to learn more about life and learning at USC Thornton.