Includes the Master of Music (M.M.) and the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Performance and Conducting, and the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Composition


The UCLA DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC is dedicated to producing musicians capable of succeeding in the highly competitive world of professional music. At the graduate level, outstanding students who have already honed their music skills will find an environment unparalleled in its support of their maturation as creative and performing artists.

The department offers a distinguished faculty, individualized instruction, and extensive performance opportunities, combined with the resources of a leading research university.

With a strong focus on arts music traditions of both Europe and America and the broad international character of late 
20 th-century music, the program offers students practice in a wide range of contexts.   There is a special emphasis on opportunities for performers and composers to create and perform new music. Students take part in some 20 department ensembles and regularly perform on and off campus.

Degree Programs:

The Music Department offers the Master of Music (M. M.) and Doctor of Musical Arts (D. M. A.) in Performance and the 
Master of Arts (M. A.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Composition, with an optional cognate in Ethnomusicology for the Ph.D.

MM & DMA: The M. M. and D. M. A. degrees are offered in all classical solo instruments, voice, and conducting. Jazz performance is also offered at the master’s level. The M. M. is designed to prepare the exceptionally gifted student for a career as a professional musician in today’s highly competitive music marketplace. The D. M. A. prepares a few select students for careers that combine professional performance with teaching in higher education. 

MA & PhD: In the M. A. and Ph. D. programs, students explore a wide variety of compositional techniques in order to develop their own individual styles. Emphasis is placed on the performance of original and contemporary student works. Students consider such influences as the Los Angeles cultural mix, the styles and trends of the second half of the 20th century, and the emerging 21st century. 

Performance/Conducting Curriculum

Composition Curriculum