Who we are:
The USC Center for Music, Brain, and Society (CMBS) serves as a dynamic collaborative hub for USC faculty and trainees who are dedicated to exploring the intersections of music at both neurobiological and social levels. Our aim is to apply the insights gained from our research to enhance human well-being and contribute to societal progress.
Established in 2023, the Center is located at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. It draws together a diverse group of experts from various departments, including the College itself, the Keck School of Medicine, the Thornton School of Music, and the Viterbi School of Engineering. Our mission is anchored in three core principles: Education, Research, and Community Outreach. By focusing on these areas, we aim to advance the science of music and make a meaningful impact both within and beyond the academic community.
What we do:
The center fosters interdisciplinary collaborations among faculty members and trainees with a focus on the following themes:
- Music, Emotions and Feelings
- Music, Rhythm and Movement
- Music and Learning
Training and Education
The Center for Music, Brain, and Society at USC is dedicated to shaping the future of music science scholarship at all academic stages:
- Undergraduate Focus
- Graduate and Postdoctoral Training
- Music Therapy Degree Program
We have ongoing relationship and collaborations with community and music organizations in Los Angeles. These include the LA Philharmonic, 24th Street Theatre, LA Opera, Colburn School of Music, Santa Monic Youth Orchestra, Delirium Musicum to name just a few.