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Most of our faculty are available for news media interviews by arrangement. Please contact Russell Kelban, Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing, for assistance. Our faculty are leaders in their fields and include a boundary-pushing medievalist, a leading scholar of the American musical, jazz legends, masters of traditional world music instruments, a punk scholar, in-demand composers and others who are fostering transformative critical thinking about music and musical practices. Other areas of expertise include:

  • African diaspora, critical race studies, social movements, nationalism, national anthem
  • Rap, hip-hop, jazz, blues, funk, R&B, soul; pop music, rock n roll, Motown
  • East Asia, Korean music
  • Film and TV music
  • Jewish music, Klezmer, Jewish liturgical music
  • Music business, streaming media, technology and entertainment, copyright
  • Music and politics; music, gender, and sexuality
  • Opera studies
  • And more…
Mariachi de Uclatlán Visits Japan
On May 14, 2024, Mariachi de Uclatlán arrived at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Under the direction of Jesús Guzmán and in the company of the famed Mariachi Los Camperos, the group arrived for a week of performances and sightseeing.
The Art of Sound: Jasmine Bailey's Pursuit of Immersive Musical Experiences
by Jessica Wolf Songwriter, performer, producer Jasmine Bailey has a vision for her art form, a world of immersive soundscapes and multisensory communal experiences that bring artists and audiences closer together.  Bailey is graduating this year with a degree in musicology from The Herb Alpert School of Music. She’s simultaneously preparing the release of “Negative
Yoni Fogelman: Nurturing a Passion for Composition
by Jessica Wolf Yoni Fogelman, graduating with a degree in Music Composition from The Herb Alpert School of Music, grew up in a family with broad musical tastes which served as early fuel for a joyful determination to learn, grow and thrive as an artist. Leading up to his time at UCLA he’d already built
Chi Li on CBS KCAL News
Chi Li, professor of ethnomusicology, was interviewed on KCAL news about her musical past and her mastery of the Erhu, a Chinese instrument dating back more than a thousand years.
Berry Gordy, Music Trailblazer, Visits UCLA
By all appearances, it was a normal Wednesday in the recording studio at the School of Music. Students were laying tracks to a jazz rendition of Jill Scott’s R&B song “The Way.” Then a special visitor stepped inside.
Decoda's Album Reviewed in New York Times
The New York Times picked its monthly five albums you can listen to right now, and Decoda’s debut, self-titled album made the list. Praising (among other things) Catherine Gregory’s skillful flute playing, the review concludes that “with performances of this quality, you can see why Carnegie – which just named Decoda its first affiliate ensemble

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