A Look Back: Chelsea Sharpe

A Look Back: Chelsea Sharpe

  “It’s about giving back. You never know what seed you are going to plant with these kids.” For Chelsea Sharpe, being involved in community outreach programs runs in the family. Chelsea’s mother fell in love with music when she learned to play the violin in Kindergarten through a program very much like Thornton Outreach. When … Continue reading

A Look Back: A Day With Provos Winds

A Look Back: A Day With Provos Winds

The most common remark heard from students participating in the Fellows and Outreach programs is “It’s changed my life for the better.”  This change may happen over the course of a few years, a semester, or even a single day.  On April 5th, 2016 the change was quick as the Provos Winds performed four community … Continue reading

Program Spotlight: Guitar Masters

Program Spotlight: Guitar Masters

Cases click open. Eager hands meet ready guitars. Strings twang into tune. Legs assume playing position. Fingers quiver in anticipation. It’s time to rock ‘n roll. Thus begins a weekly session of the Guitar Program. Also known as Guitar Masters or Guitar Class, the Guitar Program is one of Thornton Community Engagement Program’s (TCEP) most … Continue reading

A Look Back: Sean Mulholland

A Look Back: Sean Mulholland

During the 2015-2016 school year, Sean Mulholland led weekly guitar classes at 32nd Street School and St. Vincent school and although he was the instructor, he sometimes felt more like a student! While teaching his students, who ranged from 5th to 8th grade, Sean felt a steep learning curve. “I had only taught one-on-one lessons … Continue reading

Mentor Spotlight: Megan Adcock

Mentor Spotlight: Megan Adcock

Megan Adcock joined the USC Popular Music Program as a drummer for the 2015-16 school year and immediately applied to the Thornton Community Engagement Programs (TCEP). Since then, teaching has become an integral part of Megan’s identity as a musician. Within her first year with the program she was mentoring for Meet the Instruments, coaching … Continue reading

Ensemble Spotlight: LAYJE

Ensemble Spotlight: LAYJE

Early on a Sunday morning, a group of twenty-one bright- eyed high schoolers move chairs into organized rows and set up their instruments. The brass players begin warming up with high and loud tones while the saxophones practice a flurry of notes underneath them. The commotion suddenly halts and for a moment there is silence … Continue reading

Mentor Spotlight: Emma Reinhart

Mentor Spotlight: Emma Reinhart

Before becoming involved in the Thornton Community Engagement Programs (TCEP), Emma Reinhart had never taught a music class.  Now as a senior majoring in Saxophone Performance, Emma has taught Adventures in Music, Jazz in the Classroom, and Meet the Instruments. The opportunity to participate has made Emma thankful, especially during Jazz in the Classroom when she … Continue reading

Mentor Spotlight: Kate Crellin

Mentor Spotlight: Kate Crellin

USC and the Thornton Community Engagement Programs were a perfect fit for Kate Crellin, who has always wanted to be a teacher. According to the first year B.M. Choral music major, “The ability to teach music through the Thornton Community Engagement Programs made me choose USC over the other schools I applied to.” Kate feels … Continue reading

JazzReach Winter Concert 2015!

If you were not in Alfred Newman Recital Hall this past Saturday, December 13th, then you missed out on a night of magical music performed by the JazzReach Choirs, the Foshay Jazz Combo, and the prestigious Los Angeles Youth Jazz Ensemble (LAYJE)! The rainy evening certainly did not put a damper on the spectacular event … Continue reading