Studio Guitar

Master of Music – Studio Guitar 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 2016-2017 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 Studio Guitar is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction, ensembles, advanced studio guitar performance, music history and electives. A graduate recital is required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons and Performance Classes (12 units)

MPGU 553 Individual Instruction (lessons) (four 2-unit courses)
MPGU 558 Advanced Studio Guitar Performance Class (four 1-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (4 units)

MUEN 526 Guitar Ensemble (two 1-unit courses)
MUEN 5__ 500 level music ensembles (two 1-unit courses)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (6 units)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)
MUHL 5 500 level Music History elective (two 2-unit courses)

Electives (8 units)

400 or 500 level music courses (4 units)
400 or 500 level music or non-music courses (4 units)

Capstone Projects

Two Graduate Recitals
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.