(Effective Fall 2016)           [PRINT]     

Faculty Advisor

Munir Beken, Professor

Plan of Study

Freshman Sample Plan of Study (pdf)

Transfer Sample Plan of Study (pdf)

Capstone (Final Project Requirement)

Students must fulfill a final project requirement (capstone) through the performance of a recital, the writing of a senior thesis, or participation in an internship.
See Performance GuidelinesThesis Guidelines, or Internship Guidelines for more information.


Lower Division Units (42)
(M6A/B/C) - Intro to Music: History, Culture, Creativity (C- or better required in each course) 2/2/2
(Ethno 20A/B/C) - Musical Cultures of the World 5/5/5
(Music 20A/B/C) - Music Theory I, II, III (C or better required in each course) 3/3/3
(91A-91Z) - World Music Performance Ensembles or
(92) - Private Instruction in Music
(175) Sociology of Music or (181)Anthropology of Music 4
(183) Study of Ethnomusicology 4
(161A-Z) World Music Performance Ensembles or
(162) Private Instruction
Capstone Project - Project selected from Performance, Public Ethnomusicology, Scholarly
Research, or Independent Study courses
Electives - selected from among the upper division (numbered 100 and above)
ethnomusicology courses.



Music Theory Placement Test. All entering students (freshmen and transfer) in ethnomusicology (world music only), music, and music history are required to take the Music Theory Assessment Examination either during New Student Orientation or during zero week of Fall Quarter. The examination score is used to determine eligibility and placement in first-year music theory course (Music 20A). Examination results may require enrollment in Music 3 and a requisite to 20A.

Musicianship Placement Test. All entering students in ethnomusicology, music, and music history are required to take Music M6A. To enroll in M6A, students must take the Musicianship Placement Test on the first day of class during week zero.  The examination score is used to determine placement in a section of M6A.


World Music Performance Ensembles. Ethnomusicology 91 A-Z and 161 A-Z. Students have the opportunity to participate in performing organizations representing some 10-12 traditions. These ensembles are taught by masters of each tradition, who are also usually natives of that tradition, giving the student a chance to understand the subtleties of pedagogical technique from someone who has spent a lifetime immersed in the music. (For details click on World Music Performance Ensembles).

Private Instruction in Music. Students in the world music concentration who want alternatives to the above performance ensembles may enroll in Ethnomusicology 92 or 162 in order to receive two units of credit for private or semi-private lessons with a distinguished community-based musician. All costs involved with these lessons are to be paid for by the student. Once the student has selected the musician and musical tradition, a 92/162 course contract must be completed and submitted to the department chair's office no later than the end of the second week of the quarter the student plans to enroll. For more information go to: Private Instruction in Music.



Unit Requirement for Graduation. The minimum number of units for the Bachelor's degree is 180 (counting Advanced Placement units) and a maximum of 216 units (not counting Advanced Placement units). Of the 180-216 units, 60 units must be upper division (numbered 100-199).

Writing I. Students who have not been exempted from Writing I should complete Enlgish Composition 3 at UCLA within the first three quarters of residency. For a list of exemptions, visit the student handbook or the general catalog online.

Quantitative Reasoning. Students must complete one course from the list of approved quantitative reasoning courses (available conline, through degree audits, or in the Office of Student Services).

Foreign Language. All students must complete at least level 3 of a foreign language at UCLA. The requirement must be completed within the first six terms of residence. For a list of exemptions and substitutions, visit the student handbook or the general catalog online.

Diversity. Students must complete one course from the faculty-approved list of diversity courses (available online, through degree audits, or in the Office of Student Services).

General Education. Students in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music shall complete eight General Education courses (a minimum of 38 unts) with an average grade of "C" (2.0) or better. Transfer students who have completed IGETC or transfer students who have completed General Education requirements at another UC campus prior to being admitted to UCLA are not required to complete the School's GE requirements. The courses must be taken from all three areas of UCLA's General Education program as follows:

(A) Foundations of the Arts and Humanities: Three courses from: 1) Literary and Cultural Analysis; 2) Philosophical and Linguistic Analysis; and 3) Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice. Courses in the student's major field may meet these requirements.
(B) Foundations of Scientific Inquiry: Two courses in either (different departments) or both subgroups: 1) Life Sciences and 2) Physical Sciences.
(C) Foundations of Society and Culture: Three courses, at least one form each of the two subgroups: 1) Historical Analysis and 2) Social Analysis.



Entry-Level Writing or English as a Second Language (ESL). Entry-Level Writing is the only requirement for graduation that students must satisfy before entering UCLA or during the first year in residence.

American History and Institutions. The American History and Institutions requirement is based on the principel that a U.S. citizen attending an American university should understand the history and public institutions of the U.S. under the federal and state constitutions.