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, the Thornton School 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.

Located at the center of Los Angeles, the Thornton School is the collegiate partner of choice for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy, to name a few.  Thornton students regularly perform at the nearby GRAMMY Museum, and faculty, students, and alumni have performed on the Emmy Awards, as well as the GRAMMY and Academy Awards. Our students have regular opportunities to interact with artists from all major performing disciplines—from on-campus master classes, 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.

New! Innovative K-12 Contemporary Teaching Practice Master’s Degree, a 12-month program for performers, composers and songwriters with undergraduate degrees in music who want to transform the landscape of music education and gain teaching certification in California and other states.

Please visit our website for further information regarding application requirements, audition dates and policies, faculty biographies, upcoming events, current student and alumni spotlights, and more!

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