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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.
Applied Music & Performance

The department has an extensive and accomplished applied music faculty for individual instruction.  All degree levels emphasize performance as an integral part of the program.


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

Electronic Music

The department includes renowned faculty in electronic music, as well as excellent facilities

Musicology / Ethnomusicology

Music Department faculty research and perform a wide range of musics from around the world.

Theory and Composition

The Music faculty includes composers working in a Western, Eastern, jazz and computer-assisted traditions.