Career Insights


November 7, 2018

Alumni like Ryan Williams are ushering in the future of K-12 music education while gaining tools in Thornton’s new Master’s degree to better navigate their classrooms.

Open Ears, Open Minds

October 11, 2018

The new degree in K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice teaches from within each genre, from songwriting and hip hop production to traditional band repertoire.

Music Industry Program Welcomes New Faculty

July 18, 2018

Trudy Green, music manager for top artists like Michael Jackson and Aerosmith, and Kevin Lyman, founder of the Vans Warped Tour and a leader in event production, will start teaching in the fall.

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Careers In Community Music

March 15, 2018

The emerging field of community music champions music as an agent for positive change in nontraditional settings, from after-school programs to music education for seniors.

A Growing Need for Community Music

March 14, 2018

USC Thornton alumna Catherine Cooper launched a music education program for underprivileged students in central California.

Teaching Music in Today’s Schools

March 13, 2018

From directing a middle school orchestra to leading contemporary music projects, alumnus Jim Wang exemplifies the values of USC Thornton’s new K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice degree.

A Better Music Industry

January 17, 2018

Senior Alvin Liang recently won USC Stevens Institute’s Best Business Concept Award for a music industry app he created, one of many students using tech to launch careers.

Transforming the Landscape of Teacher Education in Music

December 1, 2017

Peter Webster, scholar in residence in the department of Music Teaching and Learning, reflects on the school’s bold plan to transform music education.

Why Should Musicians Mentor?

November 30, 2017

Mentors from USC Thornton’s Community Engagement Program speak about why they do what they do—and why the program gives them hope for the future.

Choir Festival Brings Students Together

November 15, 2017

The choir festival is the culminating project for elementary school students who are part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program.