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The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

The following information constitutes a brief summary of the music program and the audition requirements and is provided by the DEN as a courtesy. Be sure to contact the school directly for further details and for all application guidelines.

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

Public concerts, lectures, symposia, master classes, and musical theater and opera productions, are a hallmark of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. 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.

Piano Faculty
A listing of piano faculty at UCLA can be found here.

Undergraduate Piano Audition Requirements
Freshman and Transfer Performance / All Music Education Applicants for admission to the undergraduate program in piano performance must prepare four works:
• Three representing a different period from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th Century repertoire
• One etude by Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, or Rachmaninoff They should be performed from memory, with exception of some contemporary pieces. If a composition is more than 15 minutes long, at least one movement should be played from memory.
• Sight‐reading may be required at the level of Schubert’s Ländler.

Graduate Piano Audition Requirements
MM and DMA APPLICANTS Applicants for admission to the MM and DMA programs in piano performance must prepare five works:
• One Baroque work
• One Classical sonata
• One work from the Romantic or Impressionistic period
• One work written after 1940 (Debussy, Ravel or Rachmaninoff are not acceptable)
• One virtuoso etude by Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff or Scriabin All pieces should be performed from memory and complete, i.e. not just parts, sections or movements.
• At the audition, sight‐reading may be required at the level of Mendelssohn’s Song without Words, Chopin’s Mazurkas, or Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives.

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Contact Information

  • Address: 2539 Schoenberg Music Building Los Angeles, CA 90095-1616
  • Phone: (310) 825-1839
  • Email: http://www.music.ucla.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1185&Itemid=225
  • Url: http://www.schoolofmusic.ucla.edu