Studio Guitar


Boasting a faculty of world-class touring and recording guitarists, the USC Thornton Studio Guitar program is considered one of the finest guitar graduate programs in the world and offers Master of Music (MM) and Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees, as well as a Graduate Certificate (GCRT) in Studio Guitar.

The innovative and groundbreaking program offers a strong emphasis in jazz and popular music skills and techniques, while providing a foundation in classical training. Alumni include performing and recording artists, top touring sidemen with major recording artists, studio musicians, composers for film, television and other media, e-learning consultants and curriculum designers, authors, classical ensembles, music supervisors, and world-renowned teachers and professors of music.

Our alumni have performed and recorded with a diverse array of distinguished artists and ensembles including John Mayer, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Mraz, John Legend, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Whitney Houston, Pink Floyd, Miley Cyrus, Ben Folds, Eels, Michael Bublé, Ray Charles, Enrique Inglesias, Ricky Martin, and Mark Anthony. Acclaimed alumni include Paul Jackson Jr., Lee Ritenour, Andy Abad, Adam Hawley, Charles Altura, Matt Greif, Andrew York (of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet), Richard Smith and Larry Koonse.

Note to Undergraduate Guitarists: USC Thornton offers three different programs for undergraduate guitarists. Please refer to the application requirements for Jazz Studies, Popular Music Performance, and Classical Guitar.

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Nick Stoubis featured on new release by Jaden Smith

September 10, 2020

Nick Stoubis, chair of the Studio Guitar program, is featured on CTV3 (Cool Tape Vol. 3), the new release by Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Stoubis co-wrote and co-produced seven songs, including the song “Falling for You” featuring Justin Bieber, and the single “Rainbow Bap.” In… read more

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