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What would life be without music? USC’s Music major is for music lovers, performers and producers who want to understand the modern music industry and hone their performance skills. You’ll study songwriting and composing, music production and sound engineering, and explore a range of performance techniques and styles.

Learn how to manage the recording process and build an audience, both through live performances and online. Then, put what you’ve learned into practice through a major music industry project, where you’ll make, produce and release your own recording. Most Music courses do not have pre-requisites and can be studied as electives outside the major.

High Performance Student Musicians

USC has a support program for High Performance Student Musicians (HPSM). This program provides a suite of services and benefits to enable musicians who have are actively performing at a state, national, international or commercial level to achieve excellence in both their musical and academic pursuits.

Major (8)

For a major in Music, students must successfully complete 8 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
MUS100 Intro to Songwriting and Production
  • Semester 1
 
MUS101 Intro to Songwriting and Performance
  • Semester 2
 
MUS200 Performance 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
 
MUS201 Music and Pop Culture
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
 
MUS202 Music and Sound for Screen Media
  • Semester 1
 
MUS203 Songwriting 2
  • Semester 2
 
MUS301 Performance 3
  • Semester 1
 
MUS300 Music Industry Project
  • Semester 2
 

Minor (4)

For a minor in Music, students must successfully complete 4 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
MUS101 Intro to Songwriting and Performance
  • Semester 2
 
MUS200 Performance 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
 
MUS201 Music and Pop Culture
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
 
MUS202 Music and Sound for Screen Media
  • Semester 1
 


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