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Areas of Emphasis

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The UCSC music curriculum is distinctive in developing musicians who integrate scholarship with performance. Although this rigorous program primarily addresses Western art music, it also incorporates the study of world music cultures in both their art and vernacular traditions.
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Applied Music & Performance

The department has an extensive and accomplished applied music faculty for individual instruction. Some degrees require enrollment in applied lessons as part of the coursework. Please refer to the degree requirements pages for each Music major and minor.


Students can pursue studies in conducting at the bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.

Musicology / Ethnomusicology

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in music has emphases in composition, musicology/ethnomusicology, or performance practice, and integrates studies in performance, composition/analysis, and research. The program seeks to maintain a balance of skills and interests and to encourage a diversi

Theory and Composition

Master of Arts in Music