UCLA School of Music / Global Jazz

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Jazz Studies encourages students to think globally about the capacity of jazz to transform the musical and political worlds it engages, while building upon UCLA’s strong jazz studies and world music foundation. Designed for students seeking careers as jazz performers, producers, teachers, and/or jazz scholars, coursework includes scholarly courses on the history and culture of jazz, studio instruction, participation in jazz and world music ensembles, and courses in music theory, musical structure and instrumentation, improvisation, expression, composition, and arranging. The major is interdisciplinary, drawing from various areas across the school of music as well as UCLA’s African American Studies department.

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Global Jazz Studies Faculty

Clayton Cameron
Lecturer - Percussion, Director of Jazz Combo
Alison Deane
Associate Adjunct Professor
Charley Harrison
Lecturer, Director of UCLA Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo
Tamir Hendelman
Lecturer - Keyboards (Jazz Keyboard Harmony, Jazz Improvisation and Analysis)
Cheryl L. Keyes
Professor - Global Jazz Studies and Ethnomusicology (Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop)
Jacques Lesure
Lecturer - Jazz Guitar
Steven Loza
Professor - Global Jazz Studies, Ethnomusicology, Director of the UCLA Center for Latino Arts
Roberto Miranda
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Arturo O’Farrill
Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Professor
Hitomi Oba
Lecturer and Director of Contemporary Jazz Ensemble
Ruth Price
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Salim Washington
Professor and Chair of Global Jazz Studies
Guest Artists Offer Students Unique Insights

The Global Jazz Studies program provides significant opportunities for students to engage with a wide range of distinguished jazz artists, including visiting artists and faculty brought by the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. By offering meaningful interactions with jazz greats, we help students master their instruments and prepare for professional performance careers. Recent opportunities to participate in masterclasses have included such esteemed artists as Jimmy Heath, Terri Lyne Carrington, Billy Childs, Steve Coleman, Benny Golson, Vijay Iyer, Nicole Mitchell, Danilo Pérez, and Jen Shyu.



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Regina Carter to Bring the Music and Culture of Lost Neighborhoods to UCLA Students
When Regina Carter was a young girl growing up in Detroit, her mother sometimes took her to work with her. As they drove to the elementary school where she taught, Carter’s mother pointed out the different neighborhoods. “This one is ‘Black Bottom,’ and this is ‘Paradise Valley,’” she would say, as Carter looked out the window.The only trouble was, these historic African American neighborhoods didn’t exist anymore. They had been destroyed to make way for the I-75.
Freedom First to Feature Student Composition
On Friday, October 6, Schoenberg Hall will witness a special event. A concert for Keith LaMar will feature legendary jazz musicians Salim Washington and multi-Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill. The concert benefits LaMar, currently on death row in Ohio, having been falsely convicted of murder in the aftermath of the 1993 Lucasville Prison uprising. *
Mexican Music's regional roots go from 'invisible' to 'invincible'
ABC News recently covered explosion of Mexican genres in American popular music. To understand the music’s regional roots, they turned to Steven Loza, professor of Global Jazz Studies at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Student Spotlight, Summer 2023
Bruins at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music have had a busy summer. Check out what they've been up to!
Remembering the Incomparable Barbara Morrison
Everyone has a story about Barbara Morrison. The L.A. legend was a force unto herself—a powerhouse interpreter of the blues, a jazz singer equal parts suave and sonorous, a scintillating performer who held audiences in thrall.  On Saturday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will play host to Vocal Night:
The 2023 Grammys Have Been Awarded, and UCLA Has Scored
It was another good year for America’s #1 public university, with School of Music faculty and alumni bringing home several 2023 Grammy Awards.

Explore Our Degrees

Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
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
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a BA and teaching credential in just four years
Music Industry
A leadership-focused professional degree which prepares students to transform the creative, entrepreneurial, and executive structures of the music industry
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