The Department of Music is a leader in its field, training distinguished scholars as well as prize-winning composers and performers. Our alumni become conductors of orchestras and choruses, or go on to solo or orchestral performing careers, or to become singers in opera companies around the world. Many of our graduates are now writing music for television and film.
Undergraduates find their calling, whether traditional or avant-garde. From Ethnomusicology to Percussion to Composition, there are ways to forge a program suited to your passions -- be they theoretically- or performance-driven.
Supporting it all is a large complex of teaching studios, classrooms, practice rooms, three performance halls, and an outdoor concert bowl. We host a state-of-the-art Music Laboratory, and the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE). Our Music Library houses a collection of more than 120,000 holdings, including over 30,000 LPs and over 12,000 CDs.
CREATE is situated within the Department of Music and has strong ties to the Media Art and Technology program and the Allosphere research facility.
The Center is an association of faculty and students that promotes the study of music across academic disciplines.
Music News & Features
During the Khmer Rouge reign of terror in Cambodia, possessing popular music was resulted in an immediate death sentence. Music archivist Nate Hun speaks to a UC Santa Barbara audience about his goal to recover and digitally restore vinyl recordings of Cambodian popular music from that lost era.
At a club fair at UCSB, film student Spencer Williams was immediately drawn to InterVals A Cappella, a student-run music club. “I was so drawn into the vibe. Everyone is cool,” he said. For the last four years, Williams has focused on his film and media education and his a cappella group. As he is set to graduate soon, he reflects on the profound impact being a part of his a cappella group had on his life and what it has taught him as he steps into a new future.
Alex Meinhof is a second-year student majoring in philosophy at UC Santa Barbara. He is involved in the music scene on campus and works at UCSB’s radio station, KCSB-FM, which serves as both a means of entertainment of place of community for students. Meinhof recently spoke to HFA about his experience in this interview.
A little curiosity about a Music course in UCSB’s College of Creative Studies leads Phillip Mitchell to reunite with a classmate from his past. In this piece, Mitchell explores this long-lost connection, what has changed about it, and what significance of his old friend’s passions.
Drum Corps International, or DCI, is essentially the major league equivalent of marching band. Thousands of marching arts enthusiasts under the age of 21 join one of the 44 active drum corps and go on a nationwide tour, performing at high schools, colleges, and even NFL stadiums for thousands of fans across the country.
Michael Hall, one of those many drum corps members, recalls the elation that he felt when his team won the title of “World Champion” at the 2018 Drum Corps International World Championships and how he has sought to recapture the joy that he found through music in the music and film departments at UCSB.
The Carsey-Wolf Center launched Beatles Revolutions, a series showcasing The Beatles’ impact on culture and politics in the US. The series kicked off at Pollock Theater with a screening of A Hard Day’s Night, followed by a conversation with journalist and author Ivor Davis. The next event takes place this Thursday, January 24th from 7:00-9:15 p.m. at Pollock Theater with Let It Be, a documentary directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, followed by a discussion with musician and producer Alan Parsons.
“We hope that those who attend the series will learn more about The Beatles both in the 1960s and beyond,” said Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center Patrice Petro.