Music History
& Industry

Bachelor of Arts

Classically trained violinist Stephanie Economou M.A. ’14 is part of a new generation of female film composers. Photo: Pamela Springsteen

Your Pathway to the Music Industry

The Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Industry creates your pathway to study music while also gaining the practical skills required to meet the challenges of today’s evolving music industry. Building upon the Herb Alpert School’s existing bachelor of arts in Musicology and its popular minor in Music Industry, this new program combines practical hands-on training with the study of music within the context of different societies, cultures, and theories.

Program Highlights:

  • Capitalize on L.A.’s prime position as a hub for global media, music production, and independent record producers/artist managers with an industry internship
  • Gain musical literacy and real-world hands-on training by taking a holistic approach to understanding music and the music industry
  • Craft a senior year capstone course that allows you to develop music industry focused projects under the guidance of faculty
Redefining the Music Industry with Internship Opportunities
Madison Dorsett, music performance major with a music industry minor at the School of Music, aims to redefine the music industry through her internships and the non-profit she helped create called Chromatic Brass Collective.
Seven UCLA professors elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Among UCLA’s 2021 honorees are the School of Music’s faculty Terence Blanchard, Inaugural Kenny Burrell Chair and Professor of Global Jazz Studies, and Elisabeth Le Guin, Professor of Musicology and Special Assistant to the Inaugural Dean for Faculty Development and Gender Equity.
Shana Redmond, Professor of Global Jazz Studies and Musicology, Contributes to Award-Nominated Documentary About Harlem and Music
Redmond lent her voice to a four-part documentary series titled “By Whatever Means Necessary: The Times of ‘Godfather of Harlem,’” which was recently nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image Award.

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