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.

Transfer applicants to the school are considered on the basis of academic achievement as well as departmental screening requirements and must have a minimum 3.2 GPA at the time of application. California community college students are strongly encouraged, but not required, 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 which vary by major and are used in a prescreening process to determine which students will be invited to interview and/or audition. The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music houses the supplemental application on the Acceptd platform. Specifc supplemental application requirements for each major program (and, for Music Performance, Music Education, and Global Jazz Studies majors, specifc instrument area) can be found on Acceptd. Other general information about the application process can be found on the School of Music’s website.

Key Points
  • Minimum GPA: 3.2
  • IGETC Required: No, but strongly encouraged
  • 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 4, 2020

Music Composition

The Music Composition major welcomes composers who demonstrate extraordinary intellectual curiosity and whose primary goal is to communicate with others on a profoundly human level. The program emphasizes the collaborative relationship between composers and performers in such a way that a simulated professional experience is achieved.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended preparation for the major:

  • A one-year comprehensive music theory course sequence, incorporating musicianship (ear training and sight singing), as well as keyboard skills; or one year of music theory and one year of musicianship (ear training and sight singing)
  • Two years of applied studio instruction on a primary instrument or in voice (private lessons)
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

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Ethnomusicology

The Ethnomusicology 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.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended preparation for the major:

  • A one-year comprehensive music theory course sequence, incorporating musicianship (ear training and sight singing), as well as keyboard skills; or one year of music theory and one year of musicianship (ear training and sight singing)
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble.

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Global Jazz Studies

The Global Jazz Studies major encourages students to think globally about the capacity of jazz to transform the musical and political worlds it engages, while building upon UCLA’s strong jazz studies and world music foundation.

Preparation for the Major

Recommended preparation for the major:

  • A one-year comprehensive music theory course sequence, incorporating musicianship (ear training and sight singing), as well as keyboard skills; or one year of music theory and one year of musicianship (ear training and sight singing)
  • One to two years of applied jazz studio instruction (private lessons)

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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 preparation for the major:

  • A one-year comprehensive music theory course sequence, incorporating musicianship (ear training and sight singing), as well as keyboard skills; or one year of music theory and one year of musicianship (ear training and sight singing)
  • Two years of applied studio instruction on a primary instrument or in voice (private lessons)
  • Two years of participation in a large performance group, such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

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    Music Performance

    The Music Performance major combines intensive applied study of Western classical music with the superb academics of a major research university situated in a global cultural capital. Students in the performance concentration study individually with world-class performers and teachers, participate fully in a range of large and small ensembles, and pursue rigorous coursework in music theory, history, and analysis.

    Preparation for the Major

    Recommended preparation for the major:

    • A one-year comprehensive music theory course sequence, incorporating musicianship (ear training and sight singing), as well as keyboard skills; or one year of music theory and one year of musicianship (ear training and sight singing)
    • Two years of applied studio instruction on a primary instrument or in voice (private lessons)
    • Two years of participation in a large performance group such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

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    Music History and Industry

    The Music History and Industry major creates your pathway to study music while also gaining the practical skills required to meet the challenges of today’s evolving music industry. This program combines practical hands-on training with the study of music within the context of different societies, cultures, and theories.

    Preparation for the Major

    Recommended preparation for the major:

    • A one-year comprehensive music theory course sequence, incorporating musicianship (ear training and sight singing), as well as keyboard skills; or one year of music theory and one year of musicianship (ear training and sight singing)
    • Two years of applied studio instruction on a primary instrument

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      Musicology[1]

      The goals of the Musicology major are grounded frmly in the humanistic study of music. Musicology majors learn to research, analyze, and understand many diferent musics: ancient and recent, classical and popular, Western and global, within culture and through a critical lens.

      Preparation for the Major

      Recommended preparation for the major:

      • A one-year comprehensive music theory course sequence, incorporating musicianship (ear training and sight singing), as well as keyboard skills; or one year of music theory and one year of musicianship (ear training and sight singing)
      • One year of participation in a large performance group, such as orchestra, choir, or wind ensemble

      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.