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Master of Music – Strings Performance

  • 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 MM in strings is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction, chamber music, symphony, music history, conducting, interpretation of baroque music and electives. A graduate recital is required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (8 units)

MPST 553 Individual Instruction (lessons) (four 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (6 units)

MUEN 520 USC Symphony (four 1-unit courses)
MUEN 527 String Chamber Music (two 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (4 units)

MPKS 481 Interpretation of Baroque Music (2 units)
MUCD 443 Instrumental Conducting II (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (8 units)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)
MUHL 578 Music Since 1900 (2 units)
MUHL 5__ 500- level Music History electives (two 2- unit courses)

Electives (4 units)

400 or 500- level music courses (4 units)

Capstone Projects

One Graduate Recital
Comprehensive Review

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 graduate credit load is eight units per semester.

Music Graduate Entrance Exams (MGEE) are administered during Orientation Week just prior to the start of your program. See the MGEE page for more information.