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.
The new degree in K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice teaches from within each genre, from songwriting and hip hop production to traditional band repertoire.
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.
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.
USC Thornton alumna Catherine Cooper launched a music education program for underprivileged students in central California.
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.
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.
Peter Webster, scholar in residence in the department of Music Teaching and Learning, reflects on the school’s bold plan to transform music education.
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.
The choir festival is the culminating project for elementary school students who are part of the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program.