USC Thornton School of Music

The USC Thornton School of Music is built on a rich tradition of pairing legendary artists and faculty with extraordinary students of the highest caliber from across the globe. Blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of studying at a leading research university, USC Thornton offers world-class programs in a wide range of musical genres and professional areas.

Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s leading music schools and conservatories, Thornton provides students a comprehensive professional music education in a real-world context.

USC Thornton is located at the center of Los Angeles, the musical capital of the world. It is the collegiate partner of choice for many of Los Angele’s top ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy, among others. Thornton students regularly perform at the nearby GRAMMY Museum, and faculty, students, and alumni have performed at the Emmy Awards, as well as the GRAMMY and Academy Awards. Thornton students have regular opportunities to interact with artists from all major performing disciplines—from on-campus masterclasses, events at the Los Angeles Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall, to working in the vast number of professional recording studios in Hollywood and Los Angeles.

USC Thornton has launched a new model of classical music education for undergraduates. What we’re calling The New Classical rethinks what it means to be a virtuoso in the 21st century. The new degree structure will offer more flexibility, allowing students to chart their own musical path.

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