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Creativity in Teaching Grants


These grants are designed to aid the development and implementation of creative elements in teaching. Proposals involving core classes, juries, studio recitals, student recitals and student projects are encouraged.

The goals of these grants are to:

  • Encourage a creative musical culture
  • Support faculty who would like to experiment with new ideas
  • Encourage new collaboration between faculty members
  • Have a positive impact on students
  • Encourage activities and initiatives that support School of Music Distinct Values
  • Help differentiate the School of Music in ways that distinguish us as a national leader

Funds Available

Three awards of $1,500 are available for projects realized in the 2018/19 academic year.

Funding may be used in a number of ways:

  • Class related expenses
  • Support for student projects
  • Professional development/travel stipend
  • Guest presenter/artist visits


Eligible applicants include all tenured and tenure-track faculty, as well as other
full-time employees who teach courses in the School of Music. We encourage applications from all music disciplines: applied, ensembles, education, academic, etc. Submissions may come from individuals or teams.


Apply online here.


Deadline for proposals is March 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Awards will be announced by April 15.

Review Process

Tayloe Harding, Dean of the USC School of Music, will review applications. Judging considerations include:

  • How creative is the proposal?
  • Does it connect to School of Music Distinct Values?
  • Does it represent a new approach?
  • Does it add something new or useful for the students?
  • Does it help differentiate the School of Music from other programs?

Final Report

A final 1-2 page report should be submitted at no more than 90 days after the related course has been completed. In this statement, indicate:

  • How was this project implemented?
  • What effect did this project have on your students?
  • Do you have plans for further developing this initiative? 
  • Will this remain a part of your teaching?

Questions and Support

While Spark provides funding, employees are not involved with the judging process. However, we are available as consultants or collaborators to help faculty develop proposals. Please let us know how we can be of assistance.

Direct questions to: