Performance meets

The area of Music Performance Studies is where performance and scholarship meet. By integrating practice and theory in performance-centered research, we challenge traditional schisms between practice, musicology, and theory. Music Performance Studies faculty teach courses designed to provide contemporary tools for artistic and critical inquiry all across the twenty-first century musical landscape. The doctoral program (the DMA) requires that students not only perform major recitals but also create an original dissertation at the junction of practice-led research and research-led practice.

Music Performance Studies Faculty

Gloria Cheng
Adjunct Professor - Contemporary Music, Performance Studies
William Kinderman
Distinguished Professor and Elaine Krown Klein Chair in Performance Studies
John Steinmetz
Lecturer - Bassoon Performance
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.
A Beethoven scholar and esteemed pianist joins our musical community
As William Kinderman settles into life in Westwood, we caught up with him to learn more about his vision for Performance Studies at UCLA and what he hopes our students will gain from their studies.

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