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Fall 2021 Return to Campus FAQ
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Global Jazz Studies major Sophia James’s (@Sophiajamesmusic) first ever EP “Stand Beneath the Sky” is out now on Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes. ⠀
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The EP is a direct reflection and translation of how James has experienced feelings of love, loss, pain and hope from the past couple of years. ⠀
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“I’m particularly proud of this EP because it is the most deeply honest, authentic work I’ve ever let myself share with the world; with you,” said James. “I hope it brings you peace, hope, or healing of any kind.”⠀
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James is also going to perform a live virtual acoustic interactive concert on Saturday, July, 31 at 5 p.m. PT. ⠀
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To learn more, click the link in our bio.
⭐️ Alumni Spotlight ⭐️⠀
Congratulations to @UCLAAlpert alumnus Philip Graulty M.M. ’05 on the release of his debut solo EP, “Won’t You Help To Sing?”⠀
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Graulty’s work was created in response to the murder of George Floyd and is a collection of hymns and protest songs serving as a call to action against racial injustice. The second piece titled “Breathe” is an original composition dedicated to the memory of George Floyd.⠀
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“The suite’s title is borrowed from the chorus to Marley’s anthem,” said Graulty. “The question it poses is an invitation for us to not only sing these songs of freedom, but to embody their messages through our actions. Won’t you help to sing?”⠀
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To listen to this moving new album, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic
Have a safe and restful Fourth of July. ⠀
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May we continue to be independent free thinkers, respectful of one another and be the change we want to see. 🇺🇸
Join us as we honor Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology A.J. Racy as he retires from @UCLAAlpert following a 40+ year career of teaching, performance and research in a special virtual reception celebrating his many accomplishments on Wednesday, June 30 at 5 p.m. PT. ⠀
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“The things I will miss most after retirement include the peaceful ambiance of the UCLA campus, the guest lectures on various related topics and world music performances at university venues,” said Professor Racy. “I will also miss many colleagues and staff, as well as the undergraduate and graduate students with whom I have worked.⠀
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We will miss Professor Racy and thank him for being an integral part of our UCLA community! 💛 💙 ⠀
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In honor of his expansive career and dedication to student success, the School of Music has established the A.J. Racy Scholarship in Ethnomusicology to support graduate and undergraduate scholars in their studies. ⠀
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To learn more and to attend his upcoming reception, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology
2021 Virtual Commencement All-School Ensemble Performance 🎓. At @UCLAalpert’s 2021 virtual commencement celebration 🎉 students from the departments of music, ethnomusicology and global jazz studies joined forces for a breathtaking performance of “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free” by Nina Simone and “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” by Stevie Wonder.  We hope you enjoy this inspiring rendition of both tracks by our School of Music students.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology #GlobalJazz #Music #MusicIndustry #Musicology #Graduation2021
Join us for the “End of Quarter Showcase” for the spring quarter of 2021 Saturday, June 12 at 7 p.m. PT. Organized by the Undergraduate Student Advisory Board, the concert brings together student performances and collaborations from across departments and ensembles at @UCLAAlpert. The event will feature projects that students have worked on this quarter and throughout the year.⠀
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Tune in to hear from performers across the School of Music, and come celebrate the end of the quarter and school year! 🙌⠀
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To view the program and to watch the concert, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #UCLA #Music
Join us as we celebrate the class of 2021 🎓 in our virtual commencement celebration today, Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PT. The event will feature student speakers and performers, as well as keynote remarks by GRAMMY nominated violinist and recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award Regina Carter (@regina_carter_violin). 🎉💙⠀
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Watch the event on our commencement webpage at the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Graduation2021 #UCLAGrad #Graduation
Meet Sarah Yocute who will graduate 🎓from @uclaalpert with a B.A. in Global Jazz Studies. Yocute has enjoyed her experience studying under expert faculty and among her talented peers. Following graduation, Sarah hopes to continue exploring her passion through her own compositions and among the growing community of artists in which she now finds herself.  “I love how open and broad this program and area of study is,” said Yocute. “It has given me the space to explore the sounds and musical environments that my heart gravitates towards.”  Sarah will perform a unique rendition of the UCLA alma mater as part of our 2021 virtual commencement celebration on Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PT. To stream the event, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #UCLA2021 #Commencement #ThisisUCLA #Music
We are proud to highlight the release of “Reimagine: Beethoven and Ravel” by @UCLAalpert Head of Piano, Inna Faliks (@innafalikspiano) and Navona Records (@parmarecordings). The project features six of our amazing UCLA faculty composers including Peter Golub, Mark Carlson, David Lefkowitz, Tamir Hendelman (@tamirhendelman), Ian Krouse (@ian_krouse) and Richard Danielpour, as well as composers Paola Prestini (@paolaprestini), Timo Andres (@timoandres) and Billy Childs. ⠀
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“This project, which responds to Beethoven's Bagatelles op. 126 and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, has been four years in the making, originally meant to mark Beethoven's 250th but now out as a pandemic project, recorded long distance, between UCLA and NYC, using both midi and audio,” explained Faliks.⠀
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The single, Billy Childs’ “Pursuit” reimagine’s Ravel's “Scarbo” and is inspired by current events, which is out now on all platforms in anticipation of the album’s full release on June 11.⠀
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We are excited to Reimagine Beethoven and Ravel as we listen to Falik’s brilliant new work 💙. ⠀
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Learn more and listen at the link in our bio ⬆️. ⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #Music #Piano
Meet esteemed School of Music 2021 commencement speaker, Regina Carter (@regina_carter_violin).  Carter is a GRAMMY nominated violinist and is a recipient of the MacArthur “genius” award. A prolific musician, she has been widely recognized for her musical style, spanning multiple genres including jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues and others. Carter has expanded artistic possibilities through her work while opening doors for female jazz musicians as artistic director of the New Jersey Performing Arts All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program designed for aspiring female jazz professionals.  “Our talented young musicians and scholars are more important than ever as we navigate this unique time in our history. Their creativity and resilience have the power to unify us and facilitate much needed healing,” Carter said.  Experience Regina Carter’s keynote address and join us as we celebrate our @uclaalpert graduates at our upcoming virtual commencement on Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PT. Stream the event live via the link in our bio ⬆️.  #UCLA2021 #ThisUCLAMusic
Meet undergraduate student commencement speaker Liv Slaby 🎓. ⠀
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Liv will be receiving her B.A. in Musicology with a minor in Theater. While at UCLA, she wrote and directed with HOOLIGAN Theatre Company, competed with Club Gymnastics, and held leadership positions in Active Listening Club, MUSE undergraduate journal for music studies, Veg Bruins, and the UC Animal Studies Initiative. This year, she served as a member of the School of Music’s inaugural Undergraduate Student Advisory Board. Following graduation, Liv hopes to pursue an MFA in theater directing, allowing them to create work at the intersection of art, scholarship and activism. She also hopes to develop a vegan home baking business.⠀
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Join us as we celebrate Liv and all @UCLAalpert 2021 graduates at our upcoming virtual commencement celebration. Stream the event live on Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PT. Link in our bio ⬆️. ⠀
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Join us Wednesday, June 9 at 3 p.m. PT as we welcome renowned dancer 💃, choreographer, and actress Ayodele Casel (@ayolives) for an engaging conversation with Department of Global Jazz Studies Chair, Steven Loza moderated by professor Hitomi Oba (@hitomimusic) as part of the final event of this year’s “Still Waiting” speaker series. ⠀
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Casel will discuss her origins in theater, love for storytelling, and will explore how both have shaped the narrative nature of her work and its roots in the expression of identity, culture, language and communication.⠀
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To learn more and to register for the event, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #Dance #Choreography #AntiRacism
Meet graduate student commencement speaker Breena Loraine 🎓.  A vocalist, songwriter and musicologist specializing in film and television music, Breena has secondary research interests in opera and early music. Breena will earn her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Musicology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Early Modern Studies from UCLA’s Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. Her dissertation, “‘Hollywood’s New Power Players’: Music Supervisors and the Post-2010 Culture of Music Supervision and Sync,” draws on methodologies from musicology, ethnomusicology, media studies and business theory. She blends scholarship with practical experience in the industry by incorporating analysis of industry trends with reflections from her fieldwork and interviews.  Join us as we celebrate Breena and all @uclaalpert 2021 graduates at our upcoming virtual commencement celebration. Stream the event live on Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. Link in our bio ⬆.  #UCLA2021 #ThisisUCLAMusic #Musicology
We are proud to highlight @UCLAAlpert Music History and Industry student, Jonathan Tsai (@madsteaparty) ‘23, and the release of the music video for his original song “Boy Bi.”  Tsai came out to his mom after a video of him singing the song went viral on TikTok. The newly released video has over half a million views on YouTube.  “I was working night shifts at my restaurant job while conceptualizing what I wanted this video to look like and saved money to pour into this project,” said Tsai. “Me and my team worked incredibly hard to bring this to life and I can’t even express how much love I have for everybody who worked on this.”  We are proud of Tsai’s work and for sharing his story with others. 💖💜💙🏳️‍🌈  To watch “Boy Bi,” click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #MusicIndustry #MusicVideo #Tiktok #PrideMonth
Join us Wednesday, June 2 at 12 p.m. PT for the third installment of the Musics from Around the World: Southern California Composers in Concert series, which is part of UCLA World Music Center‘s yearlong celebration of the UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive‘s 60th anniversary.  @UCLAalpert is proud to highlight Daniel Ho (@daniel_ho_creations), a six-time GRAMMY Award winner, eleven-time GRAMMY Award nominee, six-time Taiwanese Golden Melody Award winner, and recipient of multiple Hawaiian Music awards as he presents a virtual concert of his compositions.  Ho is a ‘ukulele virtuoso, slack key guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer and record company owner. As an artist and clinician, Ho performs throughout the U.S. and internationally. In pursuit of new musical adventures, he is the designer of the Romero Creations (@romerocreations) Tiny Tenor ‘ukulele, and the Ohana Bongolele and Shakerlele and his custom-designed six-string ‘ukulele is on exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum (@grammymuseum) in Los Angeles.  Learn more and RSVP via the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology #GrammyMuseum #UCLALibrary
KYW Newsradio’s “In Depth” podcast interviewed @UCLAAlpert’s Inaugural Dean Eileen Strempel (@UCLAMusicDean) to discuss what can be done to help students finish their college degree, a topic she explores in her new book, “Beyond Free College: Making Higher Education Work for 21st Century Students,” co-written alongside Stephen Handel, former chief admissions officer for the University of California system and executive director of higher education assessment use for the @CollegeBoard. ⠀
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The authors also sat down with UCLA Newsroom to talk about their book, as well as their participation in a congressional staff briefing earlier this year. In their book, Strempel and Handel propose ideas for democratizing the effects of high-quality public education and what can be done to increase degree completion. They also present astounding research findings, steps taken at the School of Music to improve access and representation, and why, in America’s higher education landscape, transfer students are just as important as non-traditional students, which they coin as “neo-traditional.” ⠀
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To listen to the podcast episode and to read the full UCLA Newsroom article, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
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Join us for UCLA's Summer World Music Intensive Online Program. This weeklong program, specifically designed for high school students, explores the musical cultures of Java, Bali, Thailand, China, Africa, Mexico, Armenia and Hawaii. 🌎 ⠀
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Participants will have the opportunity to interact with top faculty from the School of Music’s globally-renowned Department of Ethnomusicology, which includes hands-on workshops in music-making and dance.⠀
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Apply by Monday, May 31. ⠀
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To learn more, click the link in our bio ⬆️.
African American Music Summer Course. Explore the music that is inside of you this summer with Professor of Ethnomusicology, Dr. Diane White-Clayton (@dianewhiteclayton), in her course “African American Music,” offered in Summer Session A from June 21-July 30.  Students will study and perform the music of African American sacred traditions, including gospel, spirituals and hymns.  Summer Courses are open to high school students as well as musicians and scholars of any skill level. Study with expert instructors as you expand upon your current skill set or follow your curiosity to explore something new.  To learn more, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Ethnomusicology #BlackMusic

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Still Waiting Speaker Series

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and its Inaugural Dean, Eileen L. Strempel are proud to launch Still Waiting, a new speaker series that invites the public to join UCLA students in conversation with prominent figures invited by the school’s Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC), to help us understand ourselves and our response to this deeply hurtful moment in our nation’s racial reckoning. Still Waiting invites us to demand better of our communities and better of our actions in response to the tangible effects of racist policing, academic and institutional indifference, and methodologies that may bridge the gap between feelings of alienation and feelings of sanctuary and refuge for us all.

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Remote Learning & Technology Resources

We have a variety of remote learning resources available to our students, faculty and staff including how-to guides for using Zoom and similar tools, weekly technology workshops, online guides for purchasing audio recording equipment, links to dedicated technology support and more.

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Anti-Racism Action Committee Guides Change Through Speaker Series
In January 2021, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music launched the Still Waiting speaker series, with the goal of facilitating much needed dialogue about the racial reckoning that has occurred across the nation.
School of Music Celebrates Distinguished Ethnomusicology Professor A.J. Racy
This spring, distinguished professor of ethnomusicology A.J. Racy will retire from the School of Music following a 40+ year career of teaching, performance and research with the nation’s premier and only freestanding Department of Ethnomusicology.
Inna Faliks: Music, History and Identity
Inna Faliks, the renowned concert pianist, and professor and head of the piano department at the School of Music reflects on how music helped her connect more deeply with her Jewish heritage.
Celebrated Violinist, Regina Carter to address UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music graduates, June 11
Regina Carter, GRAMMY nominated violinist and recipient of the MacArthur “genius” and Doris Duke Artist Awards, will deliver the keynote address at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music 2021 commencement celebration on Friday, June 11 at 4 p.m. PDT.
Six-time GRAMMY Winning 'Ukulele Virtuoso, Daniel Ho, Performs for Archive's 60th Anniversary
Daniel Ho, a six-time GRAMMY Award winner, eleven-time GRAMMY Award nominee, six-time Taiwanese Golden Melody Award winner, and recipient of multiple Hawaiian Music awards will present a virtual concert of his compositions as the third installment of the Musics from Around the World: Southern California Composers in Concert series, part of UCLA World Music Center‘s
School of Music Announces 2020-21 Dean’s Office Opportunity Award Recipients
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is pleased to announce recipients of this year’s Dean’s Office Opportunity Award. Awarded to faculty projects that advance the school’s mission, selected initiatives embrace cross-collaboration with UCLA’s other arts units while expanding engagement with L.A.’s many diverse and artistic communities.
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