Musicology

Master of Arts / PhD

Innovative
Music Scholars

UCLA’s Department of Musicology is one of the most successful graduate programs in American musicology. Recent alumni of the department teach at the University of Michigan, UT Austin, UC Irvine, Michigan State, Dalhousie University, Bates College, and other schools across the nation and the world. Our intellectual community is strikingly diverse, with U.S. graduate students from all regions of the country, international students from Canada, Mexico, Holland, Bermuda, Guatemala and Korea, and visiting scholars from as far away as China and the Ukraine.

As a training-ground for the next generation of adventurous, inventive music scholars, our Ph.D. program develops students’ creative and critical voices in a wide variety of chosen subfields; provides them with rich opportunities for establishing intellectual and professional networks; and gives them pedagogical training and experience second to none. Our graduate seminars explore topics and theories from musical Nationalism to the history of improvisation, musical camp to Dufay, opéra-comique to hands-on explorations of “public musicology.” Current graduate research interests include (but are by no means limited to!) David Bowie, Soviet music theory pedagogy, early modern anglophone devotional poetry and song, proto-punk musical experimentalism, music as cultural diplomacy during the Pan American era, 17th- and 18th-century operatic adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, music in marginal cinemas (horror, slasher, etc.).

The UCLA Musicology department normally enrolls 4-5 students per year. We accept applications for the Ph.D. only (an M.A. is normally awarded to eligible students after two years). The department is committed to competitive multi-year packages of support, and at the present time can usually guarantee a minimum of one year of fellowship and three plus years of teaching assistantship to incoming students. Students normally graduate 5-6 years after matriculation.

Meet Our Musicology Graduate Students

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Sarah Davachi
Musicology – Research Focus: Influence of musical instruments on the creation and reception of music
Kristen Martinez
Musicology – Research Focus: Northern Arizona punk scene in Flagstaff in the 1980's and 1990's
Kerry Brunson
Musicology – Research Focus: American orchestras, musical hierarchies, and the cultural and political aspects of musical communities
Wade Dean
Musicology – Research Focus: The interplay between Black vernacular music, popular and socio-political culture
Patrick Bonczyk
Musicology – Research Focus: early modern sound-making automata, instrument making and pedagogy, and animal collection addressing the tenuous boundaries that separate humans, animals, and machines
Terri Richter
UCLA Doctor of Musical Arts Voice alumna
Erin Fitzpatrick
Musicology – Research Focus: Materiality and performance practice in post-1980 punk, indie and art rock
James Ray Ace
Musicology – Research Focus: 19th century American musical entertainment in resonance with contemporary cultural and scientific formations of race, sex, and gender
Alex Hallenbeck
Musicology – Research Focus: Ontological issues in American popular music
Hyeonjin Park
Musicology – Research Focus: Player engagement with music and sound in video games
Caitlin Carlos
Musicology – Research Focus: Nostalgia and cultural memory in rock music from the late 1960s and early 1970s
Danielle Stein
Musicology – Research Focus: Development of weaponized music and sonic environments over the 20th and 21st centuries
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music receives $3 million to renovate theater
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has renovated the 133-seat theater in the Schoenberg Music Building thanks to a $3 million gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation. The theater was renamed Lani Hall, in honor of Alpert’s wife, the singer Lani Hall.
Wadada Leo Smith, musician and composer, receives UCLA Medal
The genre-defying artist whose career has highlighted a commitment to breaking barriers was awarded the campus’s highest honor.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Announces Fall 2019 Season
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and jazz vocalist Fay Victor, are just two of the artists who will be part of the music school’s Fall 2019 season.

Graduate Opportunities

Distinguished Lecture Series
Ciro Zoppo Research Fellowship
Feb 26 Wed
10:00am
Free
lectures-symposia
"What's Next" Symposium: Forthcoming Research and Trends in Musicology
UCLA Musicology Department Faculty discuss their forthcoming research and intellectual trends in the discipline.
Room 1440 – Schoenberg Music Building

Explore Other Degrees

Conducting
Graduate study and training in choral, orchestral, or wind conducting
Ethnomusicology
The study of global musical traditions through performance training, research, and field work
Global Jazz Studies
Jazz performance and musicianship courses are paired with African American Studies
Music Composition
Mentorship in the creation and realization of music for concerts, opera, and visual media
Music Education
Preparation for music educators leading to a B.A. and teaching credential in just four years
Music Industry
Industry professionals and UCLA faculty prepare students for music-related careers
Musicology
The scholarly study of the histories, cultures, and critical interpretations of music and music-making
Music Performance
Study and training towards professional performance careers in Western classical music
Music Performance Jazz
A highly selective M.M. program in partnership with the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz