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 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA.

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

Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
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 B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
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

Music Faculty

Supeena Adler
World Music Instrument Curator and Conservator; Director, Music of Thailand Ensemble; Adjunct Associate Professor
Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance, Principal Clarinet LA Philharmonic
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Jan Berry Baker
Professor of Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, and Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
James Bass
Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Choral Studies
Robert Beamer
Lecturer in Music Industry (Finance and Accounting)
Jonathan Beard
Lecturer - Electronic Music, Audio Engineering
Münir Beken
Associate Professor
Melissa Bilal
The Promise Chair in Armenian Music, Arts, and Culture; Director of Armenian Music Program
Dae Bogan
Lecturer in Music Industry (Entrepreneurship)
Bobby Borg
Lecturer in Music Industry (Industry Fundamentals)
Ryan Brown
Lecturer -- Voice
John Buffett
Lecturer--Choral Studies, Voice
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Joy Calico
Professor and Vice Chair of Musicology, Director of Graduate Studies
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Lily Chen-Hafteck
Professor and Special Assistant to the Inaugural Dean for Curricular Reform
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Vladimir Chernov
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Travis J. Cross
Director of Bands; Professor - Conducting
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Dante De Silva
Lecturer - Composition, Music Theory
Michael Dean
Professor - Voice Performance
Alison Deane
Associate Adjunct Professor
Nick DePinna
Adjunct Assistant Professor--Musicianship
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Nina Eidsheim
Professor of Musicology and Humanities Founder and Director of UCLA PEER Lab
Inna Faliks
Professor - Head of Piano
Cesar Favila
Associate Professor
Cheryl Lin Fielding
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
Judith Finell
Adjunct Professor in Musicology (Forensic Musicology)
Robert Fink
Chair of Music Industry Program, Professor of Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Hans Fjellestad
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music Supervision)
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Don Franzen
Adjunct Professor of Music (Music and Law, Forensic Musicology)
Johanna Gamboa-Kroesen
Assistant Professor--Music Education
Adam Gilberti
Lecturer - Music Education/Woodwinds
Juliana Gondek
Distinguished Professor, Voice Performance
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Catherine Gregory
Lecturer in Music, Music Industry (Artistic Citizenship and Community Engagement), Director of the Gluck Fellowship Program
Rakefet Hak
Music Director of Opera UCLA, Lecturer
Herbie Hancock
Adjunct Professor; LA Phil Guest Artist
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Thomas Hodgson
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Music and Data, Global Music Industry)
Ben Hong
Lecturer - Cello Performance
Jeffery Jampol
Lecturer in Music Industry (Artist Management and Promotion)
Lee John
Lecturer in Music Industry (Rock/Pop Ensemble)
David Kaplan
Inaugural Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance; Assistant Professor
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
William Kinderman
Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies, Professor
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Mark Kligman
Professor of Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Humanities; Mickey Katz Chair of Jewish Music; Director of Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
Raymond Knapp
Chair of Musicology, Distinguished Professor of Musicology and Humanities, Director of UCLA Center for Musical Humanities (CMH)
Sarah Koo Freeman
Visiting Professor - Cello Performance
Lauren Kop
Lecturer in Music Industry (Digital Production and Beat Design)
Ian Krouse
Distinguished Professor
Amy Kathryn Kuney
Lecturer in Music Industry (Songwriting)
David Leaf
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Music Documentary, Songwriters)
David Lefkowitz
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Music
Chi Li
Adjunct Professor
Jens Lindemann
Distinguished Professor of Trumpet
Steven Loza
Director of the UCLA Center for Latino Arts; Professor and Chair of Global Jazz Studies
David MacFadyen
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance; Violin LA Phil
Brendan McBrien
Lecturer--Music Education
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance; Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Roberto Miranda
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Mohsen Mohammadi
Director of Indo-Persian Music
Adam Moseley
Lecturer in Music Industry (Studio Production)
Tiffany Naiman
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Music Industry; Instructor, Music Industry & Musicology (Critical Perspectives, Capstone Sequence, History of Popular Music)
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance; Harp LA Phil
Rahul Neuman
Continuing Lecturer
Arturo O’Farrill
Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Professor
Hitomi Oba
Director of Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, Lecturer
Shahāb Pāranj
Composition – Lecturer and Postdoctoral Scholar, Contemporary concert music
Natasha Pasternak
Lecturer in Music Industry (Songwriting, Touring, Songwriter’s Workshop)
Movses Pogossian
Distinguished Professor of Violin; Founder and Advisor, Armenian Music Program - Music Performance
Ruth Price
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Catherine Provenzano
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Critical and Contemporary Perspectives on Music Technology)
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Holley Replogle-Wong
Lecturer in Musicology, Program Director of CMH
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Roger Savage
Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology
Jessica Schwartz
Associate Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Punk and DIY)
Benjamin Smolen
Lecturer - Flute Performance
Lauren A. Spalding
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music and Activism, Artist Management)
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Mark Tramo
Adjunct Associate Professor of Neuroscience (Music, Mind, and Brain)
Elizabeth Randell Upton
Associate Professor of Musicology and Humanities
I Nyoman Wenten
Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Allison Wolfe
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music Journalism, Audio Storytelling)
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction, Vocal Coaching
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;  Gilbert Kalish, pianist, pedagogue and recording artist; Matthew Howard, principal percussionist LA Philharmonic; Kronos Quartet; Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer and conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra; David Starobin, critically acclaimed jazz guitarist; and John Williams, composer.

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Yoni Fogelman: Nurturing a Passion for Composition
by Jessica Wolf Yoni Fogelman, graduating with a degree in Music Composition from The Herb Alpert School of Music, grew up in a family with broad musical tastes which served as early fuel for a joyful determination to learn, grow and thrive as an artist. Leading up to his time at UCLA he’d already built
Decoda's Album Reviewed in New York Times
The New York Times picked its monthly five albums you can listen to right now, and Decoda’s debut, self-titled album made the list. Praising (among other things) Catherine Gregory’s skillful flute playing, the review concludes that “with performances of this quality, you can see why Carnegie – which just named Decoda its first affiliate ensemble
Jake Heggie, Composer and Alum, to Give 2024 Commencement Address
By Robert Baker By any measure, 2023 was good to Jake Heggie. He had several high-profile world premieres, including his new opera Intelligence with the Houston Grand Opera and his instrumental work “Fire” (part of violinist Joshua Bell’s five-composer commission collectively called The Elements) with the New York Philharmonic. And the New York Metropolitan Opera
Graduate Commencement Speaker Robby Good, Composer and Collaborator
Robby Good was an undergraduate at UCLA when a friend of his pitched him an idea for a musical: Imagine a future where the Disney Corporation thawed the frozen head of Walt Disney so he could realize his dream of constructing a utopian city. Now imagine an idealistic college graduate (and self-professed “Disney Adult”) who
James Bass Leads Chicago Symphony Chorus in Stunning Rendition of Mahler's Symphony No. 2
James Bass, director of choral studies and chair of the music department, has recently served as the guest director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Under his direction, the chorus achieved "rich and lustrous vocalism, clearly delineated sections, and impressively clear articulation of the German text, even with 119 singers." The Chicago Symphony likewise soared. Read the full review by Lawrence A. Johnson in Chicago Classical Review.
Debut Album of Decoda, Featuring Faculty Catherine Gregory and David Kaplan, Reviewed
Decoda, the chamber music collective and affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, just released its first album. Recorded at Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana, the album explores the concept of revelry as “humanity’s universal need to connect through celebration.” It features a world premiere recording of Valerie Coleman alongside evocative works by Reza Vali and

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