Department of Music

The curricular philosophy of the Department of Music is based on the ideals of the conservatory within the academy. We are concerned with the performance and creation of music within the context of the highest standards of historical aesthetic, and theoretical inquiry. This philosophy is reflected in both the undergraduate and graduate curricula, and in the makeup of the faculty and student cohort as well. At the same time, we take seriously the value of education in music for the broader student body, and toward that end we offer a range of courses for non-majors that explore music in the humanistic domain. We also offer performing ensembles that are open to all qualified students, regardless of whether they are music majors or not.

For undergraduate music majors, we offer the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Music in Performance (B.Mus.) degrees. At the graduate level, we offer the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in various performance emphases as well as Musicology, and the Ph.D. degree in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology.

Our faculty includes composers, musicologists and music theorists, conductors and performers. We view this versatility and flexibility as a particular strength of the faculty and a direct reflection of the multi-faceted nature of our curricular concept as well. All members of the faculty are highly active in their fields, as publishing scholars, concert and recording artists, and well-known composers. Many of the instrumental instructors are drawn from the ranks of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and other orchestras in Southern California.


Read about what’s happening with members of the UCI Music community.
Alumni of the Department of Music
Are you an alumni of the Department of Music? Stay in touch.
Giving to the Department of Music
We welcome your support of the Department of Music. Learn about the various ways of giving to the School of the Arts Music fund.
Practice Rooms
The Department of Music provides practice rooms for Music majors at UCI.
Musicians for Hire
The Department of Music is often asked to provide references for events and private lessons. We can help direct your request to appropriate faculty and students.
Facilities and Technology
Learn about the buildings, venues and technology located on campus at the Department of Music.
Music Student Organizations
Find out more about organizations for music students.
Performance Opportunities
Want to perform with an ensemble at UCI Music? Learn more about how you can gain admission to a music ensemble.
Job Vacancies
See what opportunities are available at the Department of Music.
Summer Academies
Summer Academies in the Arts offer experienced high school or transfer arts students the chance to experience life as an undergraduate arts major. The Music program instructs students in best practices for college and professional audition processes in the music field.