Dear Bruins & Families,

In June, I looked forward to our school returning to limited in person instruction this fall. Unfortunately, a rise in COVID infection rates throughout Los Angeles in recent months has increased public health risks for our campus community. As a result of this change, and in accordance with guidance from public health experts, I have made the difficult decision to transition the School of Music to fully remote instruction for the fall quarter.

Although this is not the news I hoped to share, I am confident in our school’s ability to embrace this challenge with strength and intentionality. Our faculty’s unwavering dedication to our students and the steadfast creativity displayed by our young musicians and scholars continue to be inspiring.

Together, we will embrace innovative methods of instruction as we co-create the infrastructure for 21st century music making and scholarship. We will engage and support our students in creative ways while collectively building a bold and inclusive School of Music community that transcends physical distance.

I wish you all continued good health and safety and I thank you for your resilience as we prepare to learn, create and innovate together this fall.

With Appreciation and Gratitude,

Eileen L. Strempel
Inaugural Dean, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Remote Learning & Technology Resources

We have a variety of remote learning resources available to our students, faculty and staff including how-to guides for using Zoom and similar tools, weekly technology workshops, online guides for purchasing audio recording equipment, links to dedicated technology support and more.

Remote Learning Resources
Remote Learning Resources
Remote Learning Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the fact that certain classes and services will not be offered for fall and potentially for the entire 2020/2021 Academic year, will there be a decrease in tuition as a result?

We do not currently have updates on the re-opening of the UCLA Music Library, however, we continue to develop plans for making equipment available to students. The Library also continues to offer a variety of online resources. We will provide additional information in the days and weeks ahead.

Social distancing will be in place and masks will be required by all individuals accessing School of Music buildings. These are campus-wide requirements and part of standard operating procedure for the university. Appropriate signage will be in place to remind all visitors to the building of these requirements. Additionally, the school will maintain a low density in its buildings by requiring that all access be pre-scheduled.

Our custodial team has revised their cleaning protocols to prioritize the cleaning of high traffic areas including restrooms, practice spaces and other common areas multiple times per day. Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the building.

If limited access to practice rooms is provided, there will be an allocated number of lockers made available as well. We are currently in the process of developing a user-friendly interface for a new room reservation system and hope to share details soon.

More info available on our FAQ Page

This fall marks a new journey for the Bruin community that comes with many new changes. This is your guide to those changes and a hub to help you find support. Here you’ll find information on health and safety, campus life, the nature of instruction, and more to help you envision and prepare for the year ahead. Bookmark it and check it regularly.

And remember, no matter where you are in the world, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Go Bruins.

Student Affairs Guidebook
Student Affairs Guidebook
Student Affairs Guidebook
School of Music COVID Financial Aid Fund
The School of Music COVID Financial Aid Fund provides support to students who are in need of financial assistance specifically caused by the pandemic. 
– Students may apply once per quarter.
– Students may receive up to $2,000 per year.
– Decisions (to approve, deny, or modify requests) will be based on demonstrated financial need (extenuating circumstances will be considered).The School of Music COVID Financial Aid Fund can be requested for:
– Purchasing technology or equipment necessary for remote learning.
– Financial assistance due to hardship caused by the pandemic.

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Resources for Faculty, Instructors & Staff

A list of resources designed to support School of Music faculty and staff as they prepare for remote teaching and working.

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