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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
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.
⭐️ 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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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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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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