Find Your Voice 

at UCLA.

More than music.

We invite you to explore our vibrant and passionate musical community set in one of the most creative and diverse cities in the world – Los Angeles. You will discover a school of music that balances leading-edge scholarship with performance mastery and composition. With programs offered in music performance, music history and industry, composition, conducting, jazz performance, global jazz studies, ethnomusicology, and musicology, our undergraduate and graduate students are transformed by exposure to music in all its contemporary and historical diversity. Our stellar faculty, including Grammy-winners, Oscar-nominated film composers, music executives, Guggenheim and Fulbright recipients, and LA Phil orchestral musicians provide individual mentorship and encourage our students to engage with the vibrant nexus of people, ideas, research, and academic experiences offered by UCLA – the top public university in the nation.

As our school of music enters its second century, you are invited to join us on campus for some of the 350+ performances, lectures and masterclasses our students, faculty and guest artists and scholars present each year. Our events are mostly free. We hope to see you there.

For students interested in applying to the Herb Alpert School of Music, we invite you join us for a tour.

Meet Our Faculty

Arturo O’Farrill
Director, UCLA Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; Professor
William Kinderman
Distinguished Professor and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
Jonathan Beard
Lecturer - Music Industry (Electronic Music, Audio Engineering)
Dae Bogan
Lecturer - Music Industry (Entrepreneurship)
Judith Finell
Adjunct Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Forensic Musicology)
Robert Fink
Associate Dean for Academics, Professor - Music Industry, Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Don Franzen
Adjunct Professor - Music Industry (Music and Law, Forensic Musicology)
Peter Golub
Lecturer - Composition, Music and Film
Jeffery Jampol
Lecturer - Music Industry (Artist Management and Promotion)
David Leaf
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Musicology and Music Industry (Music Documentary, Songwriters)
Adam Moseley
Lecturer - Music Industry (Studio Production)
Tiffany Naiman
Instructor - Music Industry & Musicology (Critical Perspectives, Capstone Sequence, History of Popular Music), Director of Undergraduate Programs in Music Industry
Natasha Pasternak
Lecturer - Music Industry (Songwriting, Touring, Songwriter’s Workshop)
Mark Tramo
Adjunct Associate Professor - Neuroscience and Music Industry (Music, Mind, and Brain)

Meet Our Students

Eileen Strempel named new dean of UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Eileen Strempel, opera singer and professor of voice in the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, has been named inaugural dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, effective July 8.
Bruins Who Score- UCLA's film composition students
Anything but generic, UCLA’s Composing for Visual Media Program, which awarded its first degree in 2008, provides exposure to a broad range of musical styles, as well as what Lefkowitz calls a “focus on fundamentals” — long a hallmark of UCLA’s curriculum.
Composition Alumnus to Score ‘Lady and the Tramp’
Joseph Trapanese M.A. '08, known for composing the scores for such films as "The Greatest Showman" and the landmark rap biopic "Straight Outta Compton," will write the score for the live-action adaptation of "Lady and the Tramp."
Alumnus Eric Gorfain composes Emmy-nominated original score to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Alumnus Eric Gorfain created original music pieces for the soundtrack of Amazon Studios' original comedy show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard named first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies
Terence Blanchard is a six-time Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer and music educator who in 2019 received an Oscar nomination for best original score for Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” The chair was established to honor Burrell, a legendary jazz guitarist and composer, for his 20 years (from 1996 to 2016) as founder and director of jazz studies at UCLA.
Billboard Magazine - Music Industry Program Named Top Music Business School in 2019
READ: For the third year, the Herb Alpert School of Music's Music Industry program made Billboard's 2019 Top Music Business School's list: "While the Herb Alpert School already offers an academic minor in music industry studies – 250 students applied for 30 slots this year – it expects university approval to offer a major in the field in 2020."
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