Students applying to UCSB as a Bachelor of Music (BM) major are required to successfully perform an entrance audition prior to enrollment. This audition happens every year at the end of January/beginning of February. For students looking to enter in Fall 2019 the audition dates will be announced soon.
Students interested in a Bachelor of Art (BA) or a Minor do not need to audition or send in additional information to the music department during their UC application phase. For accepted UCSB students wishing to pursue the BA, you will audition for performance classes once you arrive on campus in the Fall, please pay close attention to the posted audition days and times. Students interested in minoring in music can declare their minor once they arrive at UCSB by visiting the Undergraduate Advisor.
Graduate students may pursue advanced degrees in music scholarship and performance. We offer a Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, and Theory. In addition, we offer a Master of Music (MM) in Piano Accompanying, Woodwinds and Brass, Choral Conducting, Keyboard, Strings, and Voice. A Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) is offered in Choral Conducting, Keyboard, Strings, Horn, and Voice. A PhD is offered with optional emphases in European Medieval Studies and Feminist Studies. Graduate students work closely with faculty members in their specific area of expertise. The UCSB Department of Music supports and encourages students who wish to do graduate-level work in both performance and academic areas. Students may either pursue multiple degree objectives, or combine high-level course work or performance opportunities with the degree program of their choice.