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Music History and Industry

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

48 months
43012 USD/year
43012 USD/year
13258 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Music History and Industry program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a designated capstone major. Undergraduate students must complete a senior thesis that demonstrates the skills and expertise they have acquired in earlier coursework.


Students of the Music History and Industry program of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are expected to conceive and execute a project that (a) identifies an issue, problem, or opportunity in the music industry and engages with it practically and critically, or (b) brings to fruition a substantial creative project in contemporary music with tangible results. 

While an extended essay is the default expectation for a completed project, students are encouraged to seek alternative formats, such as a lecture-recital, business or marketing plans, set of lesson plans, website, studio sound recording, or video/audio presentation. Students discuss and critique the work of their peers and present their work to other students and, if they choose, to the public as part of a student-organized live event and conference.

Learning Outcomes

The Music History and Industry major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Development of basic musicianship and music literacy and fluency in music theory to accurately and efficiently communicate about musical concepts across multiple repertoires in popular music; basic competence with music technology
  • Demonstrated general knowledge of the histories and repertories of Western European and US—American traditional, popular, and classical musics, as well as the influence of other world traditions
  • Engagement with live ensemble performance in at least one area of music
  • Working knowledge of scholarly and critical discourse relative to music history and the music industry
  • Conception and execution of project that proposes and supports an original argument about a specialized topic or addresses a specific cultural question or presents and analyzes a case study of actual practice in the music industry
  • Engagement with peers through presentation, discussion, and critique of their work
  • Demonstrated basic understanding of how culture is theorized and interpreted, and the ability to place musical experiences and structures in rich cultural contexts, and to link music with social justice, diversity, and equity goals
  • Demonstrated basic economic literacy and basic understanding of the economic and legal organization of creative industries
  • Ability to find, evaluate, and apply high-quality data to support executive and entrepreneurial decisions
  • Experiential learning in real-world corporate, creative, or entrepreneurial situations with written report

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Theory
  • Musicianship
  • Writing about Music
  • Music and Internet
  • UCLA Chorale
  • Symphony Orchestra

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete 15 year-long academic courses with a 3.4 GPA
  • Meet other requirements specific to your country
  • Take the ACT with Writing Test, SAT with Writing or SAT with Essay by December of your last year at secondary school
  • Demonstrate English-language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 43012 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    43012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 43012 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    13258 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13258 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Beverly Hills

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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