â€” Korg, Marshall and VOX products provide the infrastructure for Thornton Schoolâ€™s new degree in popular music performance â€”
Korg USA, exclusive U.S. distributor of the Korg, Marshall, LÃ‚G and VOX brands, has recently partnered with the University of Southern Californiaâ€™s (USC) Thornton School of Music to help provide the integral tools for the school’s new Bachelor of Music degree program in Popular Music Performance. After several years of development, the school launched the new program in Fall 2009, and it is considered to be the first of its kind within a major U.S. university. The program’s launch coincided with the Thornton Schoolâ€™s 125th Anniversary, which reinforced its status as Los Angeles’ oldest cultural institution. As part of the partnership, Korg USA supplied a number of Korg Music Workstations, Arranger keyboards, Marshall and VOX amplifiers, and other products for the new course track.
The curriculum of the program focuses on developing the artistic skills required to be successful in the popular music industry, in addition to the business and technological savvy to successfully compete in the changing music marketplace. Particular emphasis is placed on practical, real-world experience and instruction from industry veterans. The program also leverages USCâ€™s resources, by allowing students to collaborate with its School of Cinematic Arts, Annenberg School of Communication, the Creative Writing department and School of Theater, just to name a few. more