Description of Application Materials
USC Application for Admission
All music applicants are required to submit an application for admission to USC, as well as all supporting documents required by the University (e.g. academic transcripts, standardized test scores, etc.). Applicants are urged to contact the USC Office of Admission or visit the USC Admission Website for specific information regarding University admission requirements.
Thornton Supplementary Application
Applicants to all degree and certificate programs in music must complete the Thornton School of Music Supplementary Application Section at the end of the USC application.
Many programs at the USC Thornton School of Music require a prescreen recording to be reviewed by the faculty, followed by an invitation to a select group of applicants to perform a live audition on the USC campus in Los Angeles. Applicants must carefully review the specific requirements for their chosen program to be sure these requirements are met.
Pre-screen Information Form
The Thornton Prescreen Information Form MUST be completed and mailed to the Thornton Admission office together in the same package with the Prescreen Recording by the December 1st deadline. (Popular Music, Classical Guitar and Studio/Jazz Guitar applicants will complete this form online through the DecisionDesk Portal.)
Most programs in the USC Thornton School of Music require a performance audition.
Resume- to be submitted with online application
The resume should list musical, professional and academic experience.
Repertoire List- to be submitted with online application
This list should include works studied and performed. Etudes, scale studies, arias, art songs, chamber music and solo pieces are all examples of what could be included in this list. (All applicants to the Studio/Jazz Guitar department please see the Studio/Jazz Guitar Application Requirements page for specific instructions on the Repertoire List.)
Statement of Purpose- to be submitted with online application
Applicants are encouraged to prepare a brief statement of their professional goals, as well as their purpose in applying for the particular program. (All applicants to the Historical Musicology department please see the Historical Musicology Application Requirements page for specific instructions on the Statement of Objectives.)
Transcripts are required from all applicants, and unless otherwise instructed, should be submitted directly to the USC Admission Office.Please visit the USC Admission Web site for specific information on how to submit official transcripts.
Letters of Recommendation
Applicants to some graduate level programs are required to submit one to three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background. These letters should be submitted through the USC Graduate Application. Please see the USC online application for instructions on how to submit them.