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Winds & Percussion

Bachelor of Music – Winds and Percussion 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 BM in wind and percussion performance is a four-year, 132-unit program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction, performance class, wind ensemble, chamber music), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting) and USC’s general education and writing program. A senior recital is required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons and Performance Classes (24 units)

MPWP 153-453 Individual Instruction (lessons) (eight 2-unit courses)
MPWP 252/452 Individual Instrument Performance Class I and II (eight 1-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (16 units)

MUEN 323 University Wind Ensemble (eight 1-unit courses)
MUEN 325 Wind and Percussion Chamber Music (eight 1-unit courses)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (42 units)

MUHL Music History and Literature (three 4-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills (four 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab-233ab Music Theory (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MUCD 343 Instrumental Conducting I (2 units)
MUCD 443 Instrumental Conducting II or
MUCD 340 Choral Conducting I (2 units)
MPKS 250ab Keyboard Instruction I (two 2-unit courses)

General Education (32 units)

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

Electives (18 units)

Music or non-music courses (18 units)

Capstone Projects

Senior Recital

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.