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
Celebrating William Kraft, Los Angeles New Music Legend
On Saturday, October 1, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will host a celebration of William Kraft. Kraft, who taught composition at UCLA in the 1980s after a thirty-year career in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was an indispensable feature of Los Angeles’s vibrant new music scene in the post-World War II era. “Bill was
In Memoriam Ron Logan
In the summer of 1961, Ron Logan traveled with the UCLA band for a tour of Europe. The senior trumpet major led a breakout jazz band that played for King Frederick of Denmark. In attendance as a special guest of the king was Walt Disney. It turned out to be an omen. Logan, who graduated
Bach in the Serra
By Fia Darroch, guest contributor On the evening of September 23, 2022, visitors to UCLA’s Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden will experience an unusual shift in atmosphere. Internationally renowned cellist Antonio Lysy will perform J.S. Bach’s six suites for solo cello inside a monolithic steel artwork sculpture by Richard Serra, the T.E.U.C.L.A. (Torqued Ellipse).
Nov 21 Mon
classicalInaugural Judith L. Smith Voice Recital Featuring UCLA Alumna Soprano Angel Blue (M.M. '08)
Soprano Angel Joy Blue, M.M. '08, is the featured artist of the inaugural Judith L. Smith Voice Recital Series, celebrating talented vocalists and the distinguished tenure of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Founding Dean Judith Smith. Angel Blue made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2017 and returns to her alma mater for this special performance. Pianist Brain Zeger will accompany Angel. Angel and Brian will join us the following day as each will hold masterclasses for students of the Department of Music.
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