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Herb Alpert School of Music

Judith L. Smith, Interim Dean

2539 Schoenberg Music Building
Box 957234
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7234



With its three outstanding departments of Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology, the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA 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.

The school is also home to two undergraduate minors. The Music History minor provides undergraduates with an overview of music history and the study of music. Students may select from a wide variety of undergraduate courses that range through the history of European and American music. The Music Industry minor introduces students to critical perspectives on the formative effects the music industry and music technology have on musical practices around the world.

Public concerts, lectures, symposia, master classes, and musical theater and opera productions are a hallmark of the school. Each department hosts a calendar of events open to the entire community, enriching the lives of both those on stage and those in the audience, and contributing to the quality of life in the city and beyond.

Schoenberg Music Building includes the Jan Popper Theater (a recital hall) and Schoenberg Hall (the main concert hall), both of which are fully equipped for audio recording. The building also houses the Music Library and Ethnomusicology Archive, as well as numerous classrooms, practice rooms, an orchestra room, band room, choral room, organ studio, ethnomusicology performance rooms, Ethnomusicology Laboratory, Henry Mancini Media Laboratory, World Instrument Collection, and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

The Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center includes a high-technology recording studio, spaces for rehearsal and teaching, a café and social space for students, and an Internet-based music production center.

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