UCLA School of Music / Global Jazz
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WELCOME BACK TO THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC

The School of Music is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus. This page includes COVID-19 policies specific to the School of Music, links to campus resources for learning, teaching and safeguarding our musical community this fall.

Please check back here regularly. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

Welcome Back to the School of Music
Welcome Back to the School of Music
Welcome Back to the School of Music
It’s the #blueandgoldchallenge! The School of Music asks for your help to support incredibly students like Kobe with a gift of any amount to the Equity, Diversity, Access & Inclusion Scholarship:⠀
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"Financial assistance for BIPOC and underrepresented students creates a necessary sense of safety, security, and encouragement to students who are historically disadvantaged in the realm of academia."⠀
-Kobe, First-Year Music Education student⠀
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Those who give $10 or more during the #uclablueandgold challenge will be mailed a special Bruin gaiter.💙💛 ⠀
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Link in bio ⬆️
The Undergraduate Student Advisory Board and Graduate Student Council are proud to present the first-ever “Back to School Night” School of Music Showcase. Come see the first live student concert since March 2020, featuring 35+ performances from 70+ students from every department the School of Music has to offer, including a number of student-organized ensembles, several original songs and compositions, and some live premieres! There will be over three and a half hours of music packed into two days - showcasing the talent, creativity, and dedication of students of the School of Music. ⠀
Schoenberg Hall Auditorium⠀
Oct. 15 @ 7PM - 9:30PM⠀
Oct. 16 @ 4PM - 6:30PM
As the School of Music’s associate dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and co-chair of @UCLAalpert’s Anti-Racism Action Committee (ARAC), Global jazz studies professor Arturo O’Farrill (@pianitis) works constantly to diversify music education and bring safe spaces to the music realm – both at UCLA and in the U.S.⠀
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In a recent Daily Bruin (@dailybruin) article, O’Farrill was spotlighted for his work in creating an inclusive community at UCLA through music. For O’Farrill, one of his overarching motivations is to dismantle elitism within the music world. ⠀
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“Art is service,” O’Farrill said. “Art … should be seen as part of life. … It should not be seen as a separate and elite structure.”⠀
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To act on marginalization in music, O’Farrill has worked to build spaces like ARAC and his non profit organization, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (@afrolatinjazz), where musicians can collaborate, learn, perform and practice – all to help musicians connect to their community. 🎹⠀
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To learn more about O’Farrill and his work in community building, click the link in our bio ⬆️.⠀
#ThisisUCLAMusic #CreatingMusicalCommunity #Diversity #Music #GlobalJazz
The BTS Show. We could not be more proud and thankful to have the UCLA Bruin Marching Band grace us with their talent, along with UCLA’s first K-Pop Dance team Koreos and the UCLA Spirit Squad.  Watch the incredible performances above☝️and in the link in our bio⬆️ to witness the first live performance from BTS, featuring pop artist Sia, and none other than the UCLA Bruin Marching Band, with their song “ON.”  #Repost @uclaband
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Presenting the @bts.bighitofficial Show!  Our show featured Dynamite, Butter, and On!  Shoutout to @koreosucla and @uclaspiritsquad for joining us! 
Click the link in our bio to watch the whole show on our new YouTube channel!  #BTS #ARMY #UCLARMY
“Mariachi music is such a lively type of music. When you play in person, you really feel the emotions. You really feel all the energy.” - Saveena Patel (@saveenapatel) Ethnomusicology 23’ and member of @UCLAAlpert’s Mariachi de Uclatlán ensemble.  After months of online rehearsals, the student performers of the Mariachi de Uclatlán (@uclatlan) are excited to be returning to in-person learning. In an article by the Daily Bruin (@dailybruin), students described their experience learning in a remote setting and what they are looking forward to in-person. Members of the group are preparing to focus on smaller details of a performance in a physical space and are ready to take their performances to the next level. 🎺🎻  “A pandemic like COVID, it’s not going to stamp (mariachi) out,” Skye Hoffman, violinist in the ensemble and design media arts student said. “Because it’s folk music, it speaks to the soul. And as long as people have souls, there’s going to be mariachi.”  We are thrilled to have the UCLA Mariachi de Uclatlán ensemble back on campus as part of our musical community! 🎵  To read the full article and learn more, click the link in our bio ⬆️.  #ThisisUCLAMusic #Music #Mariachi #Ethnomusicology
Join us on Monday, October 4 at 6 p.m. PT in Lani Hall or virtually as @UCLAAlpert welcomes rapper, artist and producer, Jason (IDK) Mills (@idk) to discuss the history, issues, and ongoing struggles faced by the music industry’s leading artists — often Black artists, female artists, and other artists of color — as compared to the industry’s executive and professional ranks. 🎵⠀
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Moderating the discussion is Daniel Seeff, the Director of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA (@hancockinstitute) and the host of KJazz’s(@kjazz881) Thursday night show “Excursions” (@excursionsradio). ⠀
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This event is part of the special edition of LA Sounds Now, which integrates with the Still Waiting speaker series that brings together two vital cross-school initiatives to offer a unique window into the current state of equity, diversity and inclusion in the music industry. ⠀
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To learn more and to RSVP for the event, please click the link in our bio ⬆️.
#ucla10Questions is back! Catch all the vibrant conversations, including the school of music's Diane White-Clayton, Lecturer in Ethnomusicology on Oct. 25 and Arturo O'Farrill, Associate Dean of EDI & Professor of Global Jazz Studies on Nov. 22. - RSVP → Link in Bio ⬆️  @dianewhiteclayton  @pianitis
Interested in the graduate programs 🎓 at @UCLAAlpert? Applications are open through Wednesday, December 1, 2021 🗓. To learn more about the graduate application process, please visit the link in our bio ⬆️. ⠀
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#ThisisUCLAMusic #GraduateSchool
@ucla 📣 Let’s hear it for the #1 public university, 5 years in a row! 💙 🐻 💛 Visit the link in bio for full announcement + details. #1UCLA
Make sure you register to vote by Aug. 30th to vote in California's upcoming Recall Election and make your voice heard.  As an added bonus, getting registered to vote in California NOW will also help towards completing the residency process.  Learn how to vote, what will be on your ballot, and other important resources: Link in Bio ⬆️
⭐️ Alumni Spotlight ⭐️
Congratulations to @UCLAAlpert alumnus and Alumni Board Chair Ryan Svendsen '10 who worked as the music supervisor for the recently released feature film The Protégé, starring Michael Keaton, Maggie Q and Samuel L. Jackson. Check out Ryan's work and watch this action-packed film, in theaters now!
Huge congratulations to Music alumnus Ryan Svendsen (@musicbefore) ’10 on playing the trumpet 🎺 in @LilNasX’s new song featuring @Jackharlow called “Industry Baby.”  The song debuted at No. 1 on @Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.  We are proud of your persistence and relentless hard work making it happen! 👏 #ThisisUCLAMusic  #Repost @musicbefore 
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“It’s the work that you did for it that gives it meaning.” The trumpet is my extracurricular activity. In 2016 when I started to network aggressively as a musician while working full time, my main 3 goals were to 1) brand myself as a resource for producers/artists incase brass was needed for their songs 2) to network with producers/artists/managers to hear more about their latest work in case they could mix with my profession of music supervision 3) to be heard. Having no idea where to start, I began direct messaging artists on their socials asking if they needed horns on their songs. I traveled to recording sessions ranging from people’s bathrooms, closets, and garages to the studio where Michael Jackson recorded Thriller. Six years and hundreds of late night sessions later, I am proud to share that a song I played trumpet on has debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Industry Baby” by Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow.  I am so thankful to producers Ojivolta, Take A Day Trip, Kanye West, Nick Lee and artists Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow to be a part of this opportunity. 🎺🎺🎺❤️❤️❤️
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.
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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

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