Thank you for your interest in applying to the Department of Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music!  First-year and transfer applicants begin the admissions process by completing the University of California Application for Undergraduate Admission.  The filing period for the UC application is November 1 – November 30 for enrollment in September of the following year.  Only applicants who have indicated Music as their first choice major to UCLA on the general UC application will be considered for admission to the program. 

In order to be eligible for admission, applicants must meet all minimum academic eligibility requirements for admission to the University of California either as a freshman or transfer student.  For more information on UC eligibility, please visit the University of California website.

Supplemental Application

All applicants to the Music major are required to submit a supplemental application.  Access to the supplemental application will be provided to applicants via email on a rolling basis following the submission of the UC application.  Supplemental materials are due by December 14, 2016.  The supplemental application includes the following components:

  • Questionnaire
  • Personal statement
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Performance resume (optional)
  • Pre-screening audition recording/portfolio (Only required for the following areas: Cello, Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Piano, Saxophone, String Bass, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Voice, Composition)
  • Letters of recommendation (Only required for the following areas: Cello, Viola, Violin, Voice)

Auditions

All applicants are required to complete an audition (performance and music education applicants) or an interview/audition (composition).  Applicants who reside within 200 miles of UCLA are required to audition on campus. Students who live outside the 200-mile radius or are unable to attend an on-campus audition may submit a video/audio recording.  All applicants are strongly encouraged to audition in person if at all possible.

For students applying in a pre-screening area, appointments will be assigned after the pre-screening material has been reviewed. Applicants in non-pre-screening areas will be assigned appointments upon receipt of the supplemental application.  Auditions will take place in late January through early February.

Carefully review the following resources for detailed information regarding the application process and deadlines.

Supplemental Application Worksheet

Audition Dates

Audition Repertoire

Change of Major Application

Current UCLA students who wish to change their major to Music must complete a UCLA Undergraduate Petition for Change of Major, submit a Music supplemental application, and audition for department faculty.  Carefully review the Change of Major Supplemental Application Worksheet for detailed information regarding the application process and deadlines.

Change of Major Supplemental Application Worksheet

All prospective students are encouraged to visit the Herb Alpert School of Music.  Plan your campus visit here. If you have any questions about applying to the School of Music, please refer to the Music Undergraduate Admissions FAQs or contact .