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.

Student Perspectives:<br />
Irina Bazik
Student Perspectives:
Irina Bazik

“I chose The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for an opportunity to work closely with Professor Inna Faliks (pictured right). I admire her artistry and feel fortunate for the years we spent together. I am also  grateful that every single class I took during my studies at UCLA made me a better artist and scholar.” – Irina Bazik DMA ’21 | Music Performance

Alumna Makes Met Debut in Anthony Davis Opera about Malcolm X
Tracy Cox, alumna of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, will make her Met debut in X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, from November 3 to December 2, 2023. Cox will sing the roles of Social Worker and Reporter Number One. Cox completed her bachelor’s degree in music performance in 2008, and
The Classical Jewels of the Black Mecca
African Americans have a formidable, if underappreciated, presence as composers in the modern classical music world. Atlanta and Los Angeles based Bent Frequency, led by UCLA saxophonist Jan Berry Baker, has worked to shine a light on their work. John Ross catalogued these efforts in The Bitter Southerner.
American Tenor Issachah Savage to Perform in Judith L. Smith Voice Recital Series
On October 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. in Schoenberg Hall at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Issachah Savage will perform as the featured artist for the second annual Judith L. Smith Voice Recital. Savage has dozens of opera roles to his credit and has received sparkling reviews as one of opera’s most daring voices.
Inna Faliks' Memoir Charts the Artist's Journey
On October 14, Inna Falik's memoir Weight in the Fingertips will be published by Backbeat Books. It tells the globetrotting story of a child prodigy and her journey to the world stage.
LA Philharmonic Opens its 2023 Season with a Bang
Renowned cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason opened the LA Philharmonic’s season. The orchestra also delivered a stirring rendition of Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Uirupurú, which featured extensive solos by UCLA faculty Jan Berry Baker and Denis Bouriakov. The performance “seethed with color and ambience from the start,” wrote Laurence Vittes at Bachtrack.
Student Spotlight, Summer 2023
Bruins at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music have had a busy summer. Check out what they've been up to!
Dec 5 Tue
classical, contemporary
Fall 2023 Woodwind Chamber Concert
Led by UCLA Woodwind Area Faculty, the Woodwind Chamber Ensemble course provides UCLA music students with the opportunity to prepare and present an intimate evening of small ensemble music featuring members of the woodwind family.   This event is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the
Lani Hall
Dec 5 Tue
Inna Faliks - Book Launch Recital
Inna Faliks is known the world over as an adventurous and passionate concert pianist. But few know her journey. She was born in Odessa, Ukraine, part of the Soviet Union at the time. Her family fled Soviet repression and antisemitism, and endured a long journey that took them through Vienna, Rome, and ultimately to Chicago. Join
Recording Studio, Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Center
Dec 7 Thu
classical, masterclasses
David L. Abell Piano Masters Series featuring Gilbert Kalish - Masterclass
We are excited to welcome venerable pianist and educator Gilbert Kalish to our David L. Abell Piano Masters Series for Fall 2023.   Mr. Kalish will work with UCLA piano students in a Masterclass setting in Lani Hall on December 7th, 2023 beginning at 5:30pm. This masterclass will be followed by a performance by Mr.
Lani Hall

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