Music MM or DMA (Performance)

Application Requirements

The Department of Music accepts applications to the MM and DMA programs for the Fall quarter only. Admission to the department is based on acceptance by the UCLA Graduate Division and departmental faculty review. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or comparable international institution, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. An undergraduate major in music is not required as long as the applicant has the necessary background in musicianship, music theory, and music history to pursue graduate study. While the audition carries the most weight, the entire application is evaluated in making admissions decisions.


The graduate application opens for submission every September. Applicants must submit the UCLA Graduate Division Application for Graduate Admission by December 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM PST.

All required components must be submitted by the deadline, including letters of recommendation. Applications submitted after this deadline are not guaranteed to be reviewed. We do not accept applications off-cycle.

The application includes the following components:

  • Unofficial Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies.
  • Statement of Purpose: Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 1-page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). Respond to the following prompt: Please discuss your academic and musical goals and your reasons for applying to UCLA’s graduate music program.
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 3 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the December deadline. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
  • Writing sample (DMA applicants only): Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate level work.
  • Prescreening Audition: Applicants on all instruments except for Bassoon, Guitar, Harp, Oboe, Organ, and Percussion are required to submit prescreening audition videos as part of the online application. Please see the prescreening requirements by instrument on the left of the page for more information.
  • Personal History Statement: Your statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 1-page, single spaced, using 1-inch margins and 12-point font). To be considered for a Cota-Robles or Graduate Opportunity fellowship, be sure to describe your contributions to diversity. The University of California Diversity Statement can be found online.


Applicants who advance beyond prescreening review and all applicants in areas that do not require prescreening will be invited to audition for department faculty. Additionally, DMA applicants will complete a 45-minute writing assessment following the audition to test their ability to respond to a topic in the moment.

Information for International Applicants

  • Academic Records: Please see the Graduate Division website for information about the academic records international applicants are required to submit with the application.
  • English Language Requirements: All applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency in order to be eligible for admission. Proficiency can be demonstrated in two ways: 1) Holding a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university located in the United States or in another country in which English is the primary spoken language of daily life (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) and the medium of instruction; or 2) Submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; minimum score of 87 on the TOEFL iBT required) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS; minimum overall band score of 7.0 required).

Scholarships & Teaching Assistantships

At the campus level, UCLA offers the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP). We strongly encourage applicants to apply. Please see here for a guide to Graduate Division fellowships and how to apply.

At the school level, students are automatically considered for scholarships if they proceed past the prescreening round. Scholarships from The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music are offered on the basis of merit after the final audition round. Although not all students receive scholarships, our goal is to provide competitive financial aid packages for as many accepted students as possible. Complete information about fees and tuition for graduate students can be found here.

Similarly, not all students are assigned teaching assistantships, but several School of Music graduate students are hired for assistantships after the first year; these may include the Music department’s undergraduate music appreciation course and non-major courses offered by the sister departments of Ethnomusicology and Musicology. Once enrolled, graduate students may also access UCLA’s TA Marketplace, which advertises open assistantships in other schools. TAships are an excellent source of financial support, as they usually include a waiver of in-state tuition and fees, along with a salary.

Music Performance Faculty

Boris Allakhverdyan
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance, Principal Clarinet LA Philharmonic
Ji Young An
Lecturer - Violin Performance
Jan Berry Baker
Professor of Saxophone, Vice Chair of the Department of Music, Special Assistant to the Dean for Faculty Mentoring
James Bass
Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, Director of Choral Studies
John Buffett
Lecturer--Choral Studies, Voice
Christoph Bull
Adjunct Professor - Organ Performance
Wendy Caldwell
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Che-Yen Chen
Professor - Viola Performance
Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
Vladimir Chernov
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Travis J. Cross
Professor - Conducting, Director of Bands
Jonathan Davis
Lecturer - Oboe Performance
Michael Dean
Professor - Voice Performance
Theresa Dimond
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Inna Faliks
Professor - Head of Piano
Cheryl Lin Fielding
Lecturer - Vocal Diction and Vocal Coaching
Aubrey Foard
Lecturer - Tuba Performance
Juliana Gondek
Distinguished Professor - Voice Performance
Gregory Goodall
Lecturer - Percussion Performance
Rakefet Hak
Lecturer - Music Director of Opera UCLA
Chris Hanulik
Adjunct Professor - String Bass Performance; Principal Bass LA Phil
Ben Hong
Lecturer - Cello Performance
David Kaplan
Inaugural Shapiro Family Chair in Piano Performance
Peter Kazaras
Distinguished Professor - Director of Opera UCLA
William Kinderman
Distinguished Professor and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Victoria Kirsch
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Sarah Koo Freeman
Visiting Professor - Cello Performance
James Lent
Lecturer - Collaborative Piano
Jens Lindemann
Distinguished Professor - Trumpet Performance
Iris Malkin
Lecturer - Vocal Coaching
Varty Manouelian
Lecturer - Violin Performance, Violin LA Philharmonic
James Miller
Lecturer - Trombone Performance, Associate Principal Trombone LA Phil
Lou Anne Neill
Lecturer - Harp Performance, Harp LA Philharmonic
Movses Pogossian
Distinguished Professor of Violin; Founder and Advisor, Armenian Music Program - Music Performance
Joshua Ranz
Lecturer - Clarinet Performance
Amy Sanchez
Lecturer - Horn Performance
Benjamin Smolen
Lecturer - Flute Performance
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
Lucy Yates
Lecturer - Vocal Diction and Vocal Coaching