Center for

Musical Humanities

A Constellation
of Interests

The Center for Musical Humanities is dedicated to advancing the interests of music and the humanities across the whole of UCLA, engaging its faculty, students, and surrounding communities in a series of events that will bring together scholarship, performance, and outreach.

The mission of the center is to foster the study of music within an interdisciplinary context by bringing together scholars and students in a variety of disciplines from around the nation and world to collaborate with scholars and students at UCLA and its associated communities, and to create an effective and vibrant face for the Herb Alpert School of Music by fostering public musical events inspired by its scholarly ventures, featuring faculty and students from across the school.

Conceived along the lines of other centers on campus—that is, dedicated to a constellation of interests shared across disciplines, and serving the needs of faculty, students, and larger community—the Center for Musical Humanities will provide support for a number of different kinds of events, including conferences, concerts informed by scholarship and other arts, or other collaborative ventures that include both scholarly and musical components. The Center is administered and funded by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, but works closely with the Division of Humanities and other academic units on Campus; faculty on its Advisory Board are drawn from all three Arts schools, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Apr 25 Sun
10:00am
Free
lectures-symposia
Indo-Persian Confluence: "Indo-Persian Texts On Music"
Our sixth panel in the Indo-Persian Confluence series considers Persian texts about music which were produced in the Indian subcontinent, followed by a performance of the traditional music of Kashmir on Persian poems.
Zoom
Apr 30 Fri
9:00am
Free
lectures-symposia
Music Performance Studies Today: "21st-Century Pianism: Retrospection, New Directions, and Interpretative Communities"
Panelists explore: How a pianist might navigate various “interpretative communities” of the core repertory when dealing with varying politics of taste? How might a pianist listen to and theorize about past recordings to reinvigorate today’s performance approaches? What are ways a pianist might introduce compositional changes to existing works to reboot the core performing repertory?
Zoom
May 14 Fri
9:00am
Free
lectures-symposia
Music Performance Studies Today: "Methods in Music Performance Studies"
What is music performance studies and why does it matter? This panel brings together scholars working diversely in music theory, musicology and ethnomusicology, theater, ethnic studies and critical gender studies to identify methodologies of the field and to foster cross-disciplinary conversation on the topic of music performance.
Zoom
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Announces Fall 2019 Season
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and jazz vocalist Fay Victor, are just two of the artists who will be part of the music school’s Fall 2019 season.
Daily Bruin – Ethnomusicology Professor Katherine In-Young Lee to Explain Samul Nori in Upcoming Symposia
READ: Katherine In-Young Lee, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, organized the event "Global Musics and Musical Communities," which explored how and why specific musical genres travel outside their countries of origin and lead to the formation of new musical communities.
Q&A with UCLA Ethnomusicologist Katherine In-Young Lee
READ: Katherine In-Young Lee's new book, "Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form," dives into the world of samul nori, a new percussion-driven musical genre. A two-day conference and concert, “Global Musics and Musical Communities,” builds from the epilogue of the book. The event is presented by the school's Center for Musical Humanities.