May 28, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024

Music Production (BM)

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The Bachelor of Music in Music Production consists of course work in the major area, core music classes, USC’s general education and writing, as well as electives to take advantage of the offerings of the Thornton School and of the entire university.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to Thornton programs is granted through the USC admission process. Applicants are screened by appropriate faculty selection committees. Specific entrance requirements are reviewed on an annual basis and published online at

General Education Requirements

USC’s General Education  program, revised in fall 2015, provides a coherent, integrated approach to the study of the liberal arts, with the goal of nurturing habits of thought that are essential for professional success, personal development, and meaningful lifelong learning. Eight courses are required in six Core Literacies, in addition to two courses in Global Perspectives, two courses in Writing, and one General Education Seminar taken during the first year at USC. With careful planning, certain courses (including courses required for the music major) can fulfill more than one of these general education requirements. Academic advisers in the Thornton School carefully guide Thornton students in making their course choices. This typically will result in Thornton students taking a total of eight courses (including two writing courses) in order to fulfill all of the USC general education requirements.

Capstone Project

A capstone project must be completed under approved faculty supervision and guidance. The faculty of the department of the student’s major program determines the detailed requirements of the project, including content, length, format and other specifications. In cases in which a performance venue is required in order to present the project, reservations must be made according to the current guidelines of the Music Operations office.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education *

Core Literacies

GE-A: The Arts (one course)

GE-B: Humanistic Inquiry (two courses)

GE-C: Social Analysis (two courses)

GE-D: Life Sciences (one course)

GE-E: Physical Sciences (one course)

GE-F: Quantitative Reasoning (one course)

Global Perspectives

GE-G: Equity in a Diverse World (one course)

GE-H: Traditions and Historical Foundations (one course)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (34 units)

Program Specific Courses (52 units)

Individual Instruction and Forum (6 units)

  • Units: 1
  • 2 units total of MPPM 100

  • Individual Instruction at the 301 level in primary instrument/voice: 4 units total

Ensembles (2 units)

  • MUEN Ensemble Electives at the 300-level: two 1-unit courses

Electives (13 units)

Capstone Project (1 unit)

Total Required For Degree: 132

*With correct planning, only 32 units (6 GE and 2 Writing courses) will be needed outside of your major requirements.

**Courses may be chosen from the list or in consultation with the chair of Music Technology.

***Prerequisite required.

****Keyboardists will substitute a class in drums, guitar or voice.

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