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The Department of Music offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Western classical music, with concentrations in composition and performance and a specialized undergraduate program in music education. Jazz performance is also offered at the graduate level, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

The four-year Bachelor of Arts curriculum in music prepares students for professional success in an ever-changing musical world, combining practical training and individual study with the development of theoretical and historical context and artistic imagination. The major, designed for students who seek to combine fine musicianship with academic excellence, centers on a core curriculum of academic music courses, one-on-one work with artist-teaching faculty, and opportunities to collaborate with peers in large and small ensembles.

In addition to these foundational music studies, the Music Education major offers professional preparation leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential in just four years. Students develop pedagogical skills and innovative insights into theories and practices essential to teach music to California’s diverse student population and provide leadership in the field of arts education.

At the graduate level, specialized studies lead to Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in composition; Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degrees in all classical solo instruments, voice, and conducting; and the master of music degree in jazz performance.

Students interested in a concentration in music history and literature should consider the major in Musicology, and those interested in a concentration in world music should consider the major in Ethnomusicology.

The Department of Music, aligned with the departments of Ethnomusicology and Musicology in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, fosters creative collaboration between performance and scholarship; a cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of musical expression in many forms; and transformative engagement with fellow artists, audiences, and communities both local and global. In short, we strive to prepare students to make the music our world needs now and into the future.

Explore Music 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
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
BA
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
Music Faculty
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James Bass
Professor
James Lent
Lecturer
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor
Ian Krouse
Professor
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Robert Winter
Distinguished Professor
Peter Golub
Lecturer
Inna Faliks
Professor
Hitomi Oba
Lecturer
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer
Mark Kligman
Chair of Ethnomusicology; Professor
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor
Neal Stulberg
Professor
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer
Gary Gray
Professor Emeritus
Che-Yen Chen
Professor
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor
Paul Floyd
Lecturer
Michael Dean
Professor
Elisabeth Le Guin
Chair of Musicology; Professor
James Newton
Distinguished Professor
Peter Kazaras
Professor
Frank Heuser
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ji Young An
Lecturer
Noah Meites
Lecturer
Iris Malkin
Lecturer
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Antonio Lysy
Professor
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer
Douglas Masek
Adjunct Professor
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor
Wayne Shorter
Adjunct Professor
Lucy Yates
Lecturer
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor
Mildred Yi
Lecturer
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor
Train with Guest Artists

Each year, dozens of guests from Los Angeles and around the world work with our students in masterclasses and performances, helping them further develop their talents. Recent guests have included John Adams, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer; Tim Buzbee, Principal Tuba, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Placido Domingo, internationally renowned tenor; Hershey Felder, pianist, actor, playwright and composer; Matthew Howard, principal percussionist LA Philharmonic; Kronos Quartet; Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer and conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra; David Starobin, crtically acclaimed jazz guitarist; and John Williams, composer.

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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