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Music connects the community

Katie Gavin, a junior in the Popular Music Program, began working with the USC Thornton School of Music Outreach program as a sophomore. She currently serves as a music instructor at 32nd Street School, where she teaches students songwriting and beginning guitar. USC Thornton Outreach is a diverse and extensive music education-oriented program that provides learning opportunities for children in the local community as well as service-learning opportunities for USC Thornton students. Each year, upwards of 50 USC Thornton students and more than 6,000 children participate. Since becoming involved with the program, Gavin believes that she has grown to understand the emotive and political power behind song through the insight and experiences shared by her students. After a classroom songwriting lesson prompted a discussion about racism and discrimination, Gavin’s students were inspired to write a song addressing the issue in a positive manner. “Music as social power is something that […]