Transfer Admission - Music

The Herb Alpert School of Music offers the following majors:


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music aspires to educate the whole student through productive collaborations between performance and scholarship, a cross-cultural, global understanding of the art of music, and preparatory training for a broad range of careers in music after graduation.

Applicants are considered on the basis of academic achievement as well as departmental screening requirements, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application.. California community college students are strongly encouraged to complete IGETC; all other transfer students are encouraged to make progress toward completion of the school's general education requirements.

In addition to the UC Application, applicants are required to submit supplemental application materials (e.g., audition/interview, letters of recommendation, etc; additional fees may apply). Specific requirements, procedures, and deadlines are available on each department’s website—see individual major sections below for more information. Applicants should begin working on the department’s supplemental application shortly after submitting the UC Application, as deadlines are strictly enforced.

Please refer to Transfer Admission for additional information on transfer admission requirements.

Key Points
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • IGETC Required: No, but strongly encouraged
  • Double-major possible: Yes, it is possible to double major with a major in the College, but it can be difficult due to the high number of course requirements in most School of Music majors. Double major requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Supplemental application required: Yes, a supplemental application and an audition and/or interview are required for all School of Music majors
  • Supplemental Application due December 11, 2019

Music Composition

The focus is on the classical musical traditions of Europe as well as international and American musical styles of the last century.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended (not required) preparation for the major:

  • A one year comprehensive music theory course sequence, covering musicianship and theory, as well as keyboard skills if needed
  • Two years of applied private instruction on a primary instrument or in voice
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

Exemptions/substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Audition/Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, all applicants are required to audition/interview as well as submit a supplemental application by digital upload. Letters of recommendation are required for select areas. Additional fees may apply. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 transferable GPA. Specific guidelines may be found at the Music Composition Admissions page.

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Ethnomusicology

The major combines hands-on musical experience with academic study to explore the rich variety of musical expressions throughout the world, including Africa, Europe, the Americas; and West, East, South, and Southeast Asia. Concentrations in Jazz Studies and World Music are offered.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended (not required) preparation for the major:

  • A one year comprehensive music theory course sequence, covering musicianship and theory, as well as keyboard skills if needed
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble.

Audition/Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, all applicants must audition and interview with departmental faculty as well as submit a supplemental application by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at the Ethnomusicology Admissions page.

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Global Jazz Studies

The Global Jazz Studies major provides students with an interdisciplinary education that draws from various areas of the Herb Alpert School of Music, as well as from the arts and social sciences. The major focuses on developing students' skills in performance of multiple jazz styles; knowledge of improvisation, music theory, arranging, and composition; and understanding of the historical and societal context of the development and advancement of jazz in the United States and globally.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended (not required) preparation for the major:

  • One to two years of applied jazz studio instruction
  • One year of musicianship

Exemptions/substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Audition/Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, all applicants are required to audition with program faculty as well as submit a supplemental application by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at the Global Jazz Admissions page.

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Music Education

The Music Education major is a music teacher preparation program. This major provides students the musical expertise, research skills, and curricular design abilities essential to teach music to the diverse student population of California and beyond and to provide administrative leadership in arts education.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended (not required) preparation for the major:

  • A one year comprehensive music theory course sequence, covering musicianship and theory, as well as keyboard skills if needed
  • Two years of applied private instruction on a primary instrument or in voice
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

Audition/Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, all applicants are required to audition/interview as well as submit a supplemental application by digital upload. Letters of Recommendation are required for select areas. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at the Music Education Admissions page.

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Music Performance

The focus is on the classical musical traditions of Europe as well as international and American musical styles of the last century.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended (not required) preparation for the major:

  • A one year comprehensive music theory course sequence, covering musicianship and theory, as well as keyboard skills if needed
  • Two years of applied private instruction on a primary instrument or in voice
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

Exemptions/substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Audition/Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, all applicants are required to audition/interview as well as submit a supplemental application by digital upload. Letters of recommendation are required for select areas. Additional fees may apply. Applicants must have a minimum transferable 3.0 GPA. Question about new majors in the School of Music. Specific guidelines may be found at the Music Performance Admissions page.

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Musicology[1]

The goals of the major are grounded firmly in the humanistic study of music. Musicology is interpreted in the broadest possible sense: there is no built-in bias toward art music, Western music, or music of the past. A separate audition is not required.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended (not required) preparation for the major:

  • 4 semester/6 quarter units of music performance
  • One year of music theory
  • 4 semester/6 quarter units of musicianship

Exemptions/substitutions for lower division requirements will be determined by the department in the summer following admission. Syllabi or other descriptive course documentation may be required for consideration.

Interview and Supplemental Requirements

In addition to the general UC Application, all applicants are required to interview with department faculty as well as submit a supplemental application by digital upload. An audition is not required. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at the Musicology Admissions page.

More information:

Contact Information

Herb Alpert School of Music
Phone: (310) 825-6457
Email: admissions@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu


1: Effective Spring 2018, the Music History B.A. was formally renamed to Musicology B.A.