Academics

Explore our Degrees
Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
BA
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
BA
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz
MM
Inspired and
Innovative

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music offers a broad and encompassing approach to the study of music, aspiring to the highest level of musical performance, analysis, pedagogy, and creativity within a wide range of traditions. These include classical, jazz, popular and traditional music from around the world, as well as emerging forms in composition and new media. Our groundbreaking research extends across disciplines and into all aspects of musical life, embracing history, culture, politics, ethnography, criticism, pedagogy, theory, performance, composition, and musical thought as both discourse and cultural practice. Honoring all musical traditions and maintaining a balanced emphasis on scholarship and practice, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music pioneers new models for integrated musical studies by embracing an innovative degree program in Global Jazz Studies and a minor in Music Industry. Situated in a city known for its exceptionally vibrant and diverse musical communities, the school prioritizes civic outreach, bringing the transformative experience of music to the public while nurturing a sense of purposeful engagement among its faculty and students.