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Winds & Percussion

Master 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 MM in wind and percussion performance is a two-year, 30-unit program consisting of individual instruction, wind ensemble, chamber music, conducting, interpretation of baroque or classical, romantic and twentieth century wind and percussion music, music history and electives. One graduate recital is required.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons and Performance Classes (10 units)

MPWP 553 Individual Instruction (lessons) (four 2-unit courses)
MPWP 551 Individual Instrument Performance Class III (two 1-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (8 units)

MUEN 523 University Wind Ensemble (four 1-unit courses)
MUEN 525 Wind & Percussion Chamber Music (four 1-unit courses)

Program Intensive Courses (4 units)

MPWP 481 Interpretation of Baroque Music or
MPWP 482 Interpretation of Classic Romantic, 20th Century Music (2 units)
MUCD 443 Instrumental Conducting II (2 units)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (8 units)

MUHL 570 Research Materials and Techniques (2 units)
MPWP 482 Interpretation of Classic Romantic, 20th Century Music (2 units)
MUHL 5__ 500- level Music History electives (two 2-unit courses)

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.