The Department of Music at UCI is a dynamic center of excellence that has at its heart the mission of the University of California as a public-serving institution. The expertise of our faculty spans a wide range of music stylistically, chronologically, and geographically including Persian music, Jazz, Karnatic music and South Indian dance; African-American music, the historic silk road, European art music from the 17th century to the present, popular music, hip-hop, electronic music, and music technology. We equip students with the skills necessary to understand a wide variety of musical practices, and to interrogate musical material and modes of research through an array of critical lenses. Our undergraduate degrees (BA and BMus) offer strong foundations in both practical and intellectual approaches to music, and allow our students to develop skills to think critically about music. Our graduate programs provide students with the opportunity to work closely with scholars, performers, and creative practitioners of international standing, while also encouraging independent practice and research.
Whereas our department is comprised of three independent pillars—Performance; Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology (ICIT); and Music History & Music Theory (MHMT)—we also prize research and creative activities that reach across these boundaries and strengthen the rich fabric of interdisciplinarity. We place significant value on collaborative work, and encourage music students to collaborate across our three pillars, with students in the Dance, Drama, and Art Departments at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and across the campus. Some classes are co-taught by faculty from different departments, enabling students to collaborate on interdisciplinary, intermedia projects.
At the UCI Department of Music, we prepare our graduates for leadership roles in a society where musical culture is undergoing rapid changes. Through rigorous training, our students will be better prepared to meet the challenges of a world where all aspects of music education, the music industry, and music research are in constant and rapid evolution. By placing the study of music within the broader context of humanistic inquiry, underpinned by the ethos of community outreach, we play a key role in helping to meet the various challenges faced by all participants within the complex world of musical culture, by training the next generation of leaders and professionals with the skills and abilities needed to solve a variety of problems.
The three examples below highlight the excellent work being undertaken at the UCI Department of music during this academic year.