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Popular music bill withers
The Popular Music professors performing are, bottom row, from left, Alphonso Johnson on bass, Paul Jackson, Jr. on guitar and Will Kennedy on drums. Middle row, Sean Holt, vocals, and Patrice Rushen, keyboards. Top row, Patrice Rushen, keyboards, Sean Holt, vocals, and Finn, Alphonso Johnson’s dog, background vocals. (Photo/USC Thornton School of Music)

Through a Bill Withers tribute video, USC music professors spotlight how to perform remotely

Faculty in the Popular Music Program collaborated virtually on a musical eulogy aimed at lifting up their students — and themselves.

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Gustavo Dudamel at home
In a message recorded at home, Gustavo Dudamel reminds people to take care of themselves and to remain inspired and connected. (Image/Courtesy of Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra)

Los Angeles Philharmonic, KUSC and KDFC team to present At Home with Gustavo

The special on-air and online series — which has been created in response to COVID-19 — features selections curated by the noted conductor plus personal reflections on the music that keeps us together, even when we’re apart.

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Ray Goldsworthy deaf music cochlear implant
Raymond Goldworthy was one of the first children in the United States to receive a cochlear implant in 1988 and later went on to become a scientist dedicated to helping the hearing impaired. (Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III)

Scientist wants to help people with hearing loss gain access to music

A cochlear implant helped Ray Goldsworthy regain his hearing. Now, he’ll use his research — and a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health — to help others with implants connect to music.

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Assal Habibi musical training brain development
Assal Habibi has done extensive research on how musical training is beneficial for brain development. Her latest study focuses on children who are learning music and speak more than one language, as compared to children who know just one language. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC research reinforces music’s impact on the developing brain

A $450,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will help USC Dornsife’s Assal Habibi advance her studies into how musical training boosts childhood brain development.

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Rob Perkins USC music programming
USC Thornton alum Rob Perkins has built a thriving career as a contractor, regularly putting over 100 musicians with their own links to USC to work every month. (Photo/Courtesy of Robert Perkins)

For this USC Thornton graduate, the music business is all about family

After years on the road with artists like Michael Bublé, Rob Perkins started a curated music programming business called On the Beat that is fueled by fellow USC Thornton grads, faculty and even current students.