Music Performance BM

Application Requirements


UCLA Admissions Requirements:
First Year Applicants
Junior Transfer Applicants
International Applicants


Undergraduate Admissions – Music
2520 Schoenberg Music Building
445 Charles E Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095


UC Application

First year and junior transfer applicants begin the admissions process by completing the University of California Application for Undergraduate Admission. The UC Application opens on August 1 and can be submitted from November 1 to November 30. Only applicants who have indicated Music Performance as their first choice major for UCLA on the UC Application will be considered for admission to the major. UCLA does not consider alternate majors.

In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must meet all minimum academic eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California. You can find resources on the left hand side of this page for students of first year, transfer, or international status.

School of Music Supplemental Application

All applicants to the Music Performance major are required to submit a supplemental application. Access to the supplemental application will be provided to applicants via email on a rolling basis following submission of the UC Application. The supplemental application includes the following components:

  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Performance resume (optional)
  • Letters of recommendation (2-3 letters required for applicants to Cello, Viola, Violin, and Voice; optional for all other applicants)
  • Prescreening videos for the following instruments: Cello, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Piano, Saxophone, String Bass, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Viola, Violin, and Voice.

The submission deadline for the Supplemental Application will be announced in Summer 2020.


If applicants successfully pass prescreening, or if prescreening is not required for their instrument area, they are invited to audition on campus for our Music faculty in late January/early February. Coming in person to audition is highly preferred, but if circumstances arise in which an applicant cannot attend the live audition, video recordings are acceptable.

See the links at the bottom of this page for prescreening and live audition repertoire requirements.

Change of Major Application for Current UCLA Students

The Department of Music accepts applications from current UCLA students hoping to change into a School of Music major once per year, during Fall quarter. UCLA students cannot change majors to or add a double major in Music Performance at any other time or by any other process other than the annual admissions cycle. Admission is contingent not only on completing the same application and audition process outlined for all first year or transfer applicants to the School of Music, but also on demonstrating that the degree can be completed in normative time.

Current UCLA students applying for a change of major to the Department of Music must meet with Departmental Advisor Allison Taka by Friday, November 20, 2020. Contact Allison Taka at to schedule an appointment. Students must bring a completed program change petition and four-year degree plan to the appointment.

Beginning in early November, applicants who have met with the departmental advisor and completed the UCLA Program Change Petition will be contacted and asked to complete the supplemental application.