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.
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School of Music's Spring 2020 Percussion Ensemble Performance
The UCLA Percussion Ensemble collaborated to develop a performance using household items, aptly titled “Scavenger Music” by Christopher Deane. Students used a variety of objects to create percussion sounds such as tissue boxes, pots, bottles and kitchen utensils.
Pete Townshend of The Who and Rachel Fuller give to UCLA for scholarships, concerts
$100,000 gift will support Herb Alpert School of Music cello students and UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance
2020 Atwater Kent Piano Concerto Competition Winner Announced
The winner of the 2020 Atwater Kent Piano Concerto Competition, Pianist Brandon Zhu, will perform with UCLA Philharmonia on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8PM in Schoenberg Hall.
UCLA receives Stradivarius, Seraphin violins from Twiford Foundation
Donated collection of rare instruments valued at nearly $3.5 million, will enhance opportunities for music students
UCLA VEM Ensemble Featured in Newly Released CD of Armenian Music
The UCLA Armenian Music Program celebrates the official release of “Modulation Necklace,” a new CD of Armenian Music, by the Naxos-distributed label, New Focus Recordings.
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