A Hybrid Pathway into Music
and the Music Industry

The Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Industry was designed as a hybrid pathway to study the history and culture of music as an artform while also gaining practical skills required to meet the challenges of today’s evolving music industry. Building upon the Herb Alpert School’s existing Bachelor of Arts in Musicology and its popular minor in Music Industry, this new program combines practical hands-on training with the study of music within the context of different societies, cultures, and theories.

NOTEAs of Fall 2023, the Music History and Industry BA is closed for application. Students seeking a professional degree in Music Industry are encouraged to consider the new BA in Music Industry. Students interested in pursuing a music history-focused pathway into the music industry are encouraged to apply to the BA in Musicology and elect the Music Industry Minor.

Program Highlights:

  • Capitalize on L.A.’s prime position as a hub for global media, music production, and independent record producers/artist managers with an industry internship
  • Gain musical literacy and real-world hands-on training by taking a holistic approach to understanding music and the music industry
  • Craft a senior year capstone course that allows you to develop music industry focused projects under the guidance of faculty

Music History & Industry Faculty

Robert Beamer
Lecturer in Music Industry (Finance and Accounting)
Jonathan Beard
Lecturer - Electronic Music, Audio Engineering
Dae Bogan
Lecturer in Music Industry (Entrepreneurship)
Bobby Borg
Lecturer in Music Industry (Industry Fundamentals)
Tony Brancato
Guest Lecturer in Music Industry (Influence and Data Mining)
Monica Chieffo
Lecturer in Music Industry (Influence and Data Mining)
Stig Edgren
Lecturer in Music Industry (Concerts and Live Events)
Jason Feinberg
Lecturer in Music Industry (Digital Marketing and Promotion)
Judith Finell
Adjunct Professor in Musicology (Forensic Musicology)
Robert Fink
Chair of Music Industry Program, Professor of Musicology and Humanities (Music Theory, Analysis of Popular Music, Internships and Industry Partnerships)
Hans Fjellestad
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music Supervision)
Don Franzen
Adjunct Professor of Music (Music and Law, Forensic Musicology)
Kathryn Frazier
Lecturer in Music Industry
Catherine Gregory
Lecturer in Music, Music Industry (Artistic Citizenship and Community Engagement), Director of the Gluck Fellowship Program
Thomas Hodgson
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Music and Data, Global Music Industry)
Jeffery Jampol
Lecturer in Music Industry (Artist Management and Promotion)
Lee John
Lecturer in Music Industry (Rock/Pop Ensemble)
Lauren Kop
Lecturer in Music Industry (Digital Production and Beat Design)
Amy Kathryn Kuney
Lecturer in Music Industry (Songwriting)
David Leaf
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Music Documentary, Songwriters)
David MacFadyen
PROFESSOR OF MUSICOLOGY, MUSIC INDUSTRY, AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
Adam Moseley
Lecturer in Music Industry (Studio Production)
Tiffany Naiman
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Music Industry; Instructor, Music Industry & Musicology (Critical Perspectives, Capstone Sequence, History of Popular Music)
Natasha Pasternak
Lecturer in Music Industry (Songwriting, Touring, Songwriter’s Workshop)
Catherine Provenzano
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Critical and Contemporary Perspectives on Music Technology)
Jessica Schwartz
Associate Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Punk and DIY)
Lauren A. Spalding
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music and Activism, Artist Management)
Mark Tramo
Adjunct Associate Professor of Neuroscience (Music, Mind, and Brain)
Allison Wolfe
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music Journalism, Audio Storytelling)
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to Receive $5 Million Gift to Establish The Berry Gordy Music Industry Center
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