Transfer Admission

Herb Alpert School of 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. 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.

Applicants to the school 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.

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, and Southeast Asia. Concentrations in Jazz Studies and World Music are offered.

Preparation for the Major

Jazz Studies

  • Two years of applied private instruction on a primary instrument or in voice.
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as jazz orchestra, combo, choir, or wind ensemble.

World Music

  • 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, applicants must audition/interview for their concentrations, and submit a supplemental application and letters of recommendation by digital upload. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.ethnomusic.ucla.edu/ethnomusicology-undergraduate-admissions.

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Music

With a strong focus on the musical transitions of Europe as well as international and American musical styles of the last century, the major offers concentrations in Composition, Music Education, and Performance.

Preparation for the Major

  • a one year comprehensive music theory course sequence, covering musicianship and theory, as well as keyboard skills if needed
  • one year of music history and analysis
  • two years of applied private instruction on a primary instrument or in voice (one year of additional instruction for Composition specialists)
  • 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, for which an additional fee is required. Letters of recommendation are required for select areas. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.music.ucla.edu/music-undergraduate-admissions.

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MUSIC HISTORY

The goals of the major are grounded firmly in the humanistic study of music. Music History 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

  • 4 semester/6 quarter units of music performance
  • One year of music theory (or equivalent) is recommended as preparation for UCLA's Music Theory Placement Exam and entrance to Music History courses
  • 4 semester /6 quarter units of musicianship is recommended.

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. Additional fees may apply. Specific guidelines may be found at: www.musicology.ucla.edu/musicology-undergraduate-admissions.

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