Music Technology

Bachelor of Music – Music Production

  • The program details described below are subject to change. Actual degree requirements for a given academic year may differ from what is listed here.
  • Refer to the 2017-2018 USC Catalogue for complete course descriptions and degree requirements.
  • See the Thornton Admission page for specific application information.
  • Current students should refer to the specific requirements list for their major, which is available through the Thornton Student Affairs office.


The BM in music production is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major area, core music classes, USC’s general education and writing, as well as electives to take advantage of the offerings of the Thornton School and of the entire university.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons and Forum (6 units)
Individual Instruction (lessons) at the 301 level in primary instrument/voice (two 2-unit courses)
MPPM 100 Popular Music Forum (two 1-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (2 units)

MUEN 3__ Ensemble Electives (two 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (42 units)

MTEC 176 Critical Listening (2 units)
MTEC 237ab Music Production I (two 2-unit courses)
MTEC 275 Fundamentals of Audio Engineering (4 units)
MTEC 337ab Music Production II (two 2-unit courses)
MTEC 443 Desktop Music Production or
MTEC 444 Non-Linear MIDI Sequencing (2 units)
MTEC 445 Advanced Desktop Music Production (2 units)
MTEC 446ab Computer Assisted Recording and Editing (two 2-unit courses)
MUSC 474a Electronic Synthesizer Techniques (2 units)
MTEC 478 Advanced Multichannel Remix (2 units)
MPPM 250 Keyboard Proficiency for the Popular Musician (2 units)
MUIN 270 Introduction to the Music Industry (4 units)
MUSC 255 Songwriting I (2 units)
8-units from the following:
MPPM 240 Drumming Proficiency for the Popular Musician (2 units)
MTEC 248 Introduction to Music Notation (1 unit)
MTEC 249 Introduction to Web Design for Musicians (1 unit)
MTEC 291 The Mixing Console (2 units)
MTEC 389 Digital Equipment and Recording (2 units)
MTEC 392a Acoustics and Speaker Design (2 units)
MTEC 474b Electronic Synthesizer Techniques (2-4 units)
MTEC 479 Audio Mastering (2 units)
MTEC 493 Audio Signal Processing Equipment (2 units)
MUIN 340 Introduction to Sound Reinforcement (4 units)
MUIN 370 Music Publishing and Licensing (2 units)
MUIN 425 Live Music Production and Promotion (4 units)
MUIN 440 Arts Management (4 units)
MUIN 450 Practicum in Music industry Issues (Internship) (2-4 units)
MUIN 495 Web Design for the Music Industry (4 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (34 units)

MUCO 131ab Harmony in Popular Music (two 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab Theory I (two 3-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills (four 2-unit courses)
MUHL Music History and Literature (three 4-unit courses)
4-units from the following:
MPPM 325ab Arranging in Popular Music (two 2-unit courses)
MUJZ 400 Arranging for Jazz Ensemble (2 units)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MUSC 355 Songwriting II (2 units)

General Education (32 units)

GE Six 4-unit courses in various fields of study
(see for detailed requirements)
WRIT 150/340 Writing (two 4-unit courses)

Electives (14 units)

Music or non-music courses (14 units)

Capstone Projects

MTEC 498ab Senior Project (two 1-unit courses)

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.

*This plan will follow new General Education Requirements effective fall 2015