24 months
63468 USD/year
63468 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Music in Community Music at the University of Southern California is for musicians with a commitment to developing the necessary skills and best understandings of music teaching and learning in community settings.


What you will learn

The Community Music program at the University of Southern California will build upon music preparation from the undergraduate level with course work designed to nurture skills in community music teaching, program development, professional practice, scholarship and research. With the wide range of courses available, the program can be tailored for a variety of student goals. 

This degree provides an academic link to the rich music learning opportunities available through community programs in urban Los Angeles and, in particular, to the Thornton Community Engagement Programs. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Research Foundations in Music Teaching and Learning
  • Community Engagement Through Music
  • Community Engagement Models and Frameworks in Music 
  • Music in the Community, Program Development and Evaluation
  • Alternative Models in Music Teaching and Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Resume
  • Statement of objectives addressing why the candidate is interested in this degree and why Thornton might be a good fit
  • Scholarly Writing Sample
  • Teaching video – a video recording of the applicant teaching in a community music setting, for the purpose of evaluating teaching skills and level of experience. The video recording should be approximately 15 minutes in length.
  • Copies of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended must be uploaded into SlideRoom.
  • Letters of recommendation
  • GRE Scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    63468 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    63468 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 63468 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Taking 8 to 14 units* per semester

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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