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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY College of Letters and Sciences Department of Music







Street Address:

104 Morrison Hall #1200, Berkeley, California 94720, USA


+1 510 642 8480


Undergraduate program


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Four years. Studies in performance (classical, jazz, early music, non-Western instruments, music theatre, opera), choral and orchestral conducting, music history, musics of the world, composition, theory, aural skills, music technology, sound design.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts/Doctor of Philosophy. In composition (traditional, electronic), ethnomusicology, musicology.

Institution Notes:

The University can trace its history back to 1849. It became the University of California in 1868 and is the flagship campus and the oldest campus of the University of California system. The Hargrove Music Library holds one of the most extensive collections of books, scores and recorded materials in the USA. It is the repository of a number of significant collections on specific topics: • the 'Tartini' collection of eighteenth century Italian instrumental music; • a large number of manuscripts of music by composers of the San Francisco Bay area; • a significant collection of pre-1900 vocal manuscripts from the eleventh to the late nineteenth century; • Ernest Bloch manuscripts and memorabilia; • library materials of Alfred Einstein and Manfred Bukofzer; • vast numbers of opera scores from the libraries of Sigmund Romberg, Harris D. H. Connich and Alfred Cortot, among others; • early liturgical choirbooks, secular partbooks and medieval liturgical manuscripts; • non-Western, traditional and popular music materials. The music department houses a large collection of early keyboard, wind and stringed instruments, including the Salz collection of rare violins violas and bows, and a collection of non-Western instruments including Javanese and Balinese gamelans. The university owns twelve working organs of varying types and sizes, some on campus and others installed in neighbouring churches and seminaries. The campus features a 61-bell carillon, with daily performances by carillonists, students and guests. The University's Center for New Music and Audio Technologies is a facility for musical research and composition, and links with other university disciplines dedicated to the study or creative use of sound as well as with other universities and institutions within the USA and internationally. In the music department the emphasis is on music scholarship, research and composition. Member of the University of California system.

Last Updated:

October 2022