The USC Thornton Community Engagement Program offers a variety of opportunities for our music students.

Weekly Music Classes

Music classes are offered to local school students free of charge. These classes meet weekly during or after school and are taught by students from various departments within the Thornton School. Each music class culminates with an end-of-semester performance for parents and other students.

This program offers instrumental and vocal jazz teaching opportunities for USC jazz majors. Student-participants sing and play in jazz ensembles led by Thornton music majors, receive weekly private lessons by the JazzReach student mentors, and participate in special master class sessions by faculty members from the Thornton jazz studies program. At the end of each semester, JazzReach ensembles perform at the Newman Recital Hall. The Thornton Community Engagement Program also produces a recording of the JazzReach ensembles each year with assistance from students and faculty in our music industry program.

Periodic/Short-term Music Classes

Special Events

Drum Day

One day in the spring semester, USC music students create a full-day drum experience in which kids and families from the community come on campus to participate in student-led workshops on the wonderful world of percussive instruments and the variety of rhythms and playing styles available to percussionists.

Other Information

There are frequent opportunities for students to attend performances on the USC campus, often with pre-concert presentations.

Career Development

There are various opportunities for USC music students to gain experience through hands-on teaching through the Thornton Community Engagement Program.

The USC Thornton Community Engagement Program is made possible by generous support from: