Music Performance

Master of Music / DMA


Graduate music performance in the UCLA Department of Music combines intensive individual applied study and ensemble collaboration with courses designed to illuminate musical context and stimulate creativity, curiosity, and interpretation. Students pursuing the Master of Music (M.M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) degrees learn from master artist-teachers, dynamic ensemble directors and chamber music coaches, and scholars dedicated to informed and relevant performance of Western classical music. The D.M.A. program, in particular, is intentionally small and designed for students with outstanding performance ability, extraordinary intellectual curiosity, and a well-articulated musical research agenda. All this happens within the multi-disciplinary community of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the academic energy of America’s premier public research university, and the excitement of one of the world’s most vibrant and diverse cultural capitals.

Music Performance Faculty
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Robert Winter
Distinguished Professor
Che-Yen Chen
Gary Gray
Professor Emeritus
Paul Floyd
Jocelyn Ho
Assistant Professor
Lucy Yates
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor
Michael Dean
Rakefet Hak
Amy Sanchez
Douglas Masek
Adjunct Professor
Ji Young An
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor
Gordon Henderson
Professor; Department Vice Chair
Travis J. Cross
Chair of Music; Professor
Juliana Gondek
Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Professor
Peter Kazaras
Daniel Szabo
Adjunct Associate Professor
Joshua Ranz
Peter Yates
Adjunct Professor
James Lent
Inna Faliks
Antonio Lysy
James Bass
Iris Malkin
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Oct 25 Thu
classical, masterclasses
David L. Abell Piano Masters Series - Daria Rabotkina, piano
In the first Abell Piano Series of the year, hear pianist Daria Rabotkina in a recital of Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Paul Harvey Orandt. Later, watch as Rabotkina leads an educational masterclass with UCLA piano students.
Jan Popper Theater
Oct 25 Thu
UCLA Philharmonia with Denis Bouriakov, Flute
In the first UCLA Philharmonia concert of the Fall 2018 season, Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal flute Denis Bouriakov joins UCLA Philharmonia for his debut concert as a UCLA faculty member. The program, conducted by Neal
Schoenberg Hall
Nov 2 Fri
Mostly Bernstein: Westside West Side
The UCLA Wind Ensemble opens its 2018–19 season by continuing its yearlong centenary celebration of American musician Leonard Bernstein, performing transcriptions of music from his two most famous Broadway shows, CANDIDE (1956) and WEST SIDE STORY (1957).
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