Herb Alpert School of Music

Schoenberg Hall, School of Music
  • Judith L. Smith, Dean


First of its kind in the UC system, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music focuses on scholarship, performance, composition, pedagogy, and understanding of music in all its contemporary and historical diversity.

With its three outstanding departments of Ethnomusicology, Music, and Musicology, and interdepartmental program for Global Jazz Studies, the Herb Alpert School of Music aspires to educate the whole student through productive collaboration 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.

Public concerts, lectures, symposia, master classes, and musical theater and opera productions are hallmarks 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 Los Angeles and beyond.

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

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.