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Street Address:

Schoenberg Music Building, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA

Postal Address:

PO Box 951657, Los Angeles, California 90095, USA


+1 310 206 4738


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts. Four years. Emphases in performance (classical, jazz), composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, music history and industry, music education (with choral and instrumental conducting). Bachelor of Music. Four years. In performance. Studies include music history, analysis, theory, aural skills.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts. In composition. Master of Music. In performance, jazz performance, choral, band and orchestral conducting. Doctor of Musical Arts. Doctor of Philosophy.

Institution Notes:

The University was founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California and moved to its current location in Westwood in 1929. The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music was created in 2007 with the union of three departments - the Department of Music, the Department of Musicology and the Department of Ethnomusicology and has since added the Department of Jazz Studies. The Department of Music has access to a number of fine performance spaces including the 528-seat Schoenberg Auditorium and the 133-seat Jan Popper Theater. There is a state-of-the-art media laboratory as well as an early music studio. The Henry Mancini Studio serves as a composer’s studio, a recording studio and a high tech classroom. The Department of Musicology houses a Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and a Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies. The Musicology Graduate Students' Association organises a Distinguished Lecture Series and publishes 'ECHO: A Music-Centered Journal', twice Annually. 'Musica Humana', the department's early music collective organises several concerts each year. There is an early music ensemble. The Department of Ethnomusicology grew out of the former Institute of Ethnomusicology, founded in 1960 by Mantle Hood, and as such is the oldest ethnomusicology program in the USA. It has granted more post-graduate degrees in ethnomusicology than any other university in the world. A large range of ensemble groups is available for student participation, including a number of non-Western performing groups and jazz ensembles. The music library houses a vast collection of books, scores and recorded materials. Special collections include eighteenth-century opera scores and librettos, an extensive collection music facsimiles, collections of popular sheet music and sound recordings, archival collections relating to popular music, film and television music, jazz and southern Californian composers and organisations, including the Ernst Toch Archive, the Eric Zeisl Archive and the A&M Records collection. The library also holds non-commercial field recordings and commercially produced recordings of traditional, folk, popular and art musics from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific islands, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas on a variety of audiovisual formats, as well as a significant collection of historical and non-Western instruments. The East Asian Collection consists of some 1,000 textual sources in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Thai as well as custom-bound books of prints made from microfilms of Japanese gagaku manuscripts. The sound archive includes over 100,000 sound and audiovisual recordings of all types.

Last Updated:

October 2022