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.

Checking In with K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice

October 9, 2018

Students in the groundbreaking new graduate program explain what music education means to them today.

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.

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.

A New Vision for Music Education

December 19, 2017

Don’t miss your chance to apply for the new Master’s degree in K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice—the deadline has been extended to Jan. 17

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.