Advising Process — Majors

Important Update
All advisement appointments will be conducted through a Calendly scheduling link shared by your academic advisor via email.

Please check your USC email account for correspondence from your academic advisor with details on how to schedule an appointment. You will receive this information by the Wednesday prior to your priority advisement week.

If you have any questions, please contact your advisor via email.

All Thornton majors have an assigned academic advisor. Students are encouraged to communicate with their advisor on a regular basis. All students pursuing a Thornton major are required to meet with their advisor prior to registering for classes each semester (refer to the Priority Advisement Schedule). During this advisement meeting, you and your advisor will discuss various aspects of your USC Thornton experience, review your degree requirements, track your degree progress, and discuss registration plans. Additionally, D-clearances for major courses will be issued in this meeting. Please see below for detailed instructions on how to prepare for advisement and registration.

Priority Advisement Schedule

Graduate Students
Priority Advisement for Fall 2023

Your advisor will provide you information via email on how to schedule an appointment with them the week before your priority advisement period.*

Your priority advisement period begins on
Monday, March 20.
* GCRT Performance, MS Music Industry, and MM Screen Scoring students are not required to schedule an appointment. They will hear directly from their academic advisor regarding advisement and registration.

Undergraduate Students
Priority Advisement for Fall 2023

Your advisor will provide you information via email on how to schedule an appointment with them the week before your priority advisement week.

Units Earned * Your Priority Advisement Week Starts
96+ Monday, March 20
64-95 Monday, March 27
32-63 Monday, April 3
0-31 Monday, April 10
* Units earned is determined by the number of units successfully completed by the end of the previous semester. Refer to your STARS report to determine your number of units earned.

Advisement and Registration Process

  1. REVIEW your STARS report (accessible via OASIS in MyUSC). Make a note of degree requirements that you have completed, currently in-progress courses, and courses still left to complete. (You can also refer to your degree requirements list to help track your progress.)
  2. BUILD a proposed schedule in Web Registration (accessible via MyUSC). During your advisement meeting, you and your major advisor will review your proposed schedule in Web Registration.
    • Undergraduates: Refer to your suggested four-year course plan to see which courses are generally taken during particular semesters in a four-year program. Starting in the fourth semester of your undergraduate program, advisors will also generate unique course plans for you based on your personal degree progress.
    • Graduate students: Refer to your degree requirements list to determine which courses you should take in the upcoming semester.
  3. SCHEDULE an advisement appointment for your priority advisement week. You will receive an email from your academic advisor by the Wednesday prior to your priority advisement week. In that email you will receive a Calendly link to schedule your advisement appointment.
  4. Officially REGISTER using Web Registration for the courses you and your advisor discussed during your advisement appointment. (D-clearances issued during the priority advisement weeks will be set to expire by Friday, April 28.) Important: It is always your responsibility to register for your classes on the Web Registration system. Your advisor will only grant you clearance to register, but you will need to officially register for the courses for which your advisor has granted you clearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic Advisors — Majors

(for Fall 2023 advisement period only)

Job Springer, Doctoral Advisor
(213) 740-4721
Advises all DMA, PhD and Artist Diploma students
Dr. Viet Bui, Associate Director of Student Affairs
(213) 740-4721
Advises BA, BM, MA, MM, MS and GCRT students in:
Arts Leadership
Choral and Sacred Music
Early Music
Jazz Studies
Popular Music
Screen Scoring
Studio Guitar
Vocal Arts
Nancy Wong, Academic Advisor
(213) 740-4721
Advises BA, BM, MM, MS and GCRT students in:
Classical Guitar
Keyboard Collaborative Arts
Music Industry (MS only)
Music Production
Music Teaching and Learning (including Community Music)
Winds and Percussion
Daniel Andrade, Academic Advisor
(213) 740-4721
Advises BS students in:
Music Industry


If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Thornton Student Affairs. Our office is located on the University Park Campus in The Music Complex (TMC), Room 200.

You can reach our office by calling (213) 740-4721 or via email at