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The Music Industry minor is a series of courses designed to (1) introduce students to a critical perspective on the formative effects the music industry and music technology has had on musical practices around the world; (2) prepare students for employment in the music industry, including marketing and sales, recording production, intellectual property, sound recording, and arranging; and (3) contribute to improved communication and interaction between the university, the music industry, and the musical life of Los Angeles.

UCLA Registrar's Office: Music Industry Courses

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students who entered UCLA as freshman must complete at least three quarters of residency
  • Transfer students must complete at least one quarter of residence
  • Students must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students not enrolled in a music-related major must complete at least one lower division music performance or music ensemble course (Ethnomusicology 91A – 91Z, Music C90A – 90N, C90Q – M90T or equivalent) prior to entry into the minor. The performance requirement may also be fulfilled through successful completion of Music Industry 111, or through an equivalent course by petition.
  • Applications are accepted fall and spring quarters and are due by Friday of the fourth week of classes 

Minor Course Requirements:

A.       Core Requirements (8 units):

Music Industry 101, Seminar in the Music Industry, Technology, and Science (4 units), Music Industry 195, Community or Corporate Internships in Music Industry and Technology (4 units, pass/no pass grading)

B.      Additional Upper Division Requirements (20 units):

Five courses selected from Music Industry 102 – 112, M182 (same as Ethnomu CM182/Music CM182/Mus Hst CM186), 188, 195, 197; Ethnomusicology C100, 105, M110B (same as Afro-Am M110B), 117, C169, 172A, C184; Music C176; Music History 140, 164, 185; Film and TV 122B.
NOTE: Students who are not majors in ethnomusicology, music, or music history must demonstrate music theory proficiency by either passing the Department of Music theory placement examination, completing Music 3 with a minimum grade of C+, or by completing an equivalent course (consultation with the Music Industry chair is required).

With the exception of Music Industry 195 (may be taken twice for credit), courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.  No more than two courses (eight units) may be applied toward both the Music Industry minor and a major or minor in another department or program.


Application Process

Students interested in applying to the Music Industry minor must attend an informational session with the advisor in order to begin the process. Please note that confirmed RSVPs are required to attend; a UCLA student email account is required to acess the RSVP form.

Upcoming informational sessions:

Wednesday, October 10, 2:00pm-3:00pm in SMB 1325 (100 spots). Please RSVP here

Thursday, October 11, 4:00pm-5:00pm in SMB 1325 (100 spots).  Please RSVP here

Thursday, October 18, 10:00am-11:00am in SMB 1325 (100 spots).  Please RSVP here



Please note you will need to contact instructors directly for consideration for PTE numbers

For issues related to the application process, fulfilling pre-requisites, and degree progress,
Student Advisor, Emily Spitz: | (310) 825-4768 |1642A Schoenberg Music Building

Robert Fink, our Music Industry Program Chair and Professor of Musicology, is available by appointment
for issues related to the overall program and tangential musicological conversations.