Undergraduate Degree Programs
The UCLA Department of Music grants the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the following concentrations:
With a strong focus on the musical traditions of Europe and the international and American musical styles of the last century, UCLA's undergraduate program in music integrates the superb academic features of a major research university with intensive artistic study.
Music students have a range of performance opportunities throughout the year. In addition to participating in at least one of the department's more than 20 ensembles, all students specializing in performance present both junior and senior recitals and perform in the department's noon concert series, which often includes opportunities to solo. Composition and Music Education students have a senior recital requirement. Student and faculty performances are held in the 528-seat Schoenberg Auditorium, the 133-seat Jan Popper Theater, and other venues on campus.
Among the Music faculty are masters from leading orchestras, such as principal musicians with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, first-call studio musicians, recognized composers, theorists, conductors, and scholars. At any given time, students may study with prominent artists as well as a faculty that includes individuals of national and international repute. Currently, eligible students receive free private instruction.
The department's excellent facilities include numerous individual practice rooms equipped with pianos and organs; special studies for percussion, organ and electronic music and film scoring; a state-of-the-art media lab housing 20 interactive computer stations; performance teaching studios; and an early music studio.
The UCLA Department of Music, in conjunction with the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education--the only music education program in the UC system. Students can earn a California Subject Matter Waiver in music and complete their teaching credential during the senior year of undergraduate studies. The program prepares future music educators to teach in traditional school music programs, cultivates dispositions that encourage innovation and change in the profession, and nurtures socially responsible practices in the classroom and community. This is the only music education program at a public university in California where it is possible to earn a teaching credential as part of a four year undergraduate degree program. Interested students should contact Frank Heuser in the UCLA Department of Music.