To supplement its programs in jazz and classical music, the USC Thornton School of Music will now offer a pop music training program to ready students for music pertaining to radio, TV and film. The program was announced in 2008 and was the first full program of its kind. The rigorous six-semester course provides lessons in both cover songs and the making of original music. The 2013 class was the first-ever graduating class of the program, which contains 100 students.

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