Musicology

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts in Musicology welcomes students from diverse musical backgrounds and allows them to shape programs of study that reflect their individual interests and goals. In groundbreaking, unique courses that cover virtually every period, style, and genre, students learn to research, analyze, and understand many different musics: ancient and recent, classical and popular, Western and global, within culture and through a critical lens.

The major culminates in a year-long capstone project in which each student conceives and executes individual research on a specialized topic, ultimately presented as a substantial written essay or in an alternate format, such as a lecture-recital or video/audio presentation. Graduating seniors organize a public conference presenting their capstone work each spring. The major also includes a performance requirement, which can be fulfilled in a number of ways and does not require formal musical training.

Supporting Women and Gender Non-Binary Faculty in the School of Music
In spring 2021, Professor Elisabeth Le Guin, esteemed faculty member within the Departments of Music and Musicology, will assume a critical new role as Special Assistant to the Inaugural Dean for Faculty Development and Gender Equity.
School of Music Welcomes New Faculty
This fall, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will welcome Jan Berry Baker, David Kaplan and Catherine Provenzano to its stellar roster of faculty.
Carlos Santana to address School of Music graduates, June 19
Carlos Santana said he wants the graduates “to use their music as a platform to empower and unite as we seek justice and creative solutions during these challenging times.”
Jan 31 Sun
10:00am
Free
Indo-Persian Confluence: "Indo-Persian Musical Hybrids in Afghanistan"
Join us for the third event in the Indo-Persian Musical Confluence series, featuring a panel of eminent ethnomusicologists on Indo-Persian musical hybrids in Afghanistan.
Zoom
Feb 10 Wed
3:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
The Elephant in the Room: BIPOC Artistic and Intellectual Presence in Music Studies
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and The UCLA Department of African American Studies are proud to welcome multi-disciplinary artist, scholar, and Founder of My People Tell Stories, LLC, Danielle Brown. 
Zoom
Feb 25 Thu
3:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
How We Got Here, Where To Next: Examining Assimilationism in American Music Studies
Philip Ewell, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Director of Graduate Studies in the Dept. of music at Hunter College of the City University of New York, discusses our past so that we might chart a path for the future.
Zoom

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