The Bachelor of Music in Music Performance combines intensive applied study of Western classical music with the superb academics of a major research university situated in a global cultural capital. Students in the performance concentration study individually with world-class performers and teachers, participate fully in a range of large and small ensembles, and pursue rigorous coursework in music theory, history, and analysis. Across the major, frequent performance opportunities, open to students regardless of class standing, ensure that each student gains extensive experience in a wide variety of performance contexts. The small, collaborative nature of the program guarantees students tailored individual attention from faculty throughout the Music Department.
Bachelor of Music
Music Performance Faculty
The Allure of a Stradivarius
The allure of a Stradivarius—any Stradivarius—is not hard to document. They are powerful, sonorous, and rare. There are fewer than two-hundred and fifty known Stradivarius violins remaining in existence, and each one has a name. To own a Stradivarius is a big deal. UCLA has two. Thanks to a recent and generous gift from the
UCLA Philharmonia’s Long Journey Back to Live Performance
“There’s something interesting about playing live; you’re in the moment.” – Herb Alpert On Saturday, October 30, 2021, UCLA Philharmonia returned to live performance after more than a year and half of remote work. The concert was an exciting embodiment of music’s resilience, strength, and of the spirit of the faculty, staff and students of
Opera UCLA Presents the World Premiere of Cinematic Horror Opera Cesare, Child of Night
The Herb Alpert School of Music is proud to present film/TV orchestrator, music industry lecturer and composer Jonathan Beard’s (Respect, King Richard, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and The Mandalorian) world premiere of his cinematic horror opera Cesare, Child of Night via live stream on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Cesare, Child of Night is a one-act electroacoustic opera based on the
Jan 21 Fri
masterclassesStrings Masterclass: Strategies for creativity and expression with Eugene Friesen
Four-time Grammy Award-winning cello virtuoso Eugene Friesen conducts a masterclass on strategies for creativity and expression from his inspiring book, Improvisation for Classical Musicians, helping string players develop and improve classical, improvisatory, and rhythmic techniques.
Feb 7 Mon
masterclassesViolin and Chamber Music Masterclass with Ani Kavafian
Internationally acclaimed violinist and pedagogue Ani Kavafian presents a masterclass for UCLA violin students and string chamber groups, followed by a performance with violinist Ida Kavafian of A Tale for Two Violins, composed by UCLA alumnus Kristapor Najarian, with violinist Ida Kavafian.
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