Graduate Division

Music MFA

Section 1

Overview

The UCI Music Department offers the following graduate degrees:

  • MFA degrees in performance, with emphases in Instrumental Performance, Vocal Arts, Piano Performance, Collaborative Piano, and Guitar/Lute Performance
  • MFA degree in Musicology
  • PhD degree in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology

Our faculty consists of renowned scholars, performing artists and composers, and provide expertise across a wide range of creative activity and research interests.

What Sets Us Apart?

The intimate size of our graduate program allows for individualized guidance and close relationships with faculty mentors. Our graduate students also collaborate frequently with one another and across departments, taking advantage of the vibrant culture in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and fellow MFAs in the departments of Drama, Dance and Art. The department provides graduate students with an array of performance opportunities including opera, symphony orchestra, chamber music, art song, choral ensembles, guitar/lute ensemble and contemporary music ensembles. Music graduate students also benefit from the diversity of our own department’s faculty and programs, including notable expertise rooted not only in classical and jazz traditions but also in Persian classical music; intercultural music spanning the historic Silk Road regions and West and South Africa; 20th-century American creative music traditions; and cutting edge forms of technological innovation. Graduate performers work closely with distinguished faculty on repertoire and technique, with opportunities to perform new works by composers in our innovative PhD program in Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology. Graduate musicology students work with leading faculty scholars in essential areas at the nexus of music theory, music philosophy, and music history, while also having access to faculty performers and composers across the department.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Academic Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

2 years

Capstone Type

Musicology: Thesis

All Other Areas: Comprehensive Exam and Recital(s)

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Emphases in Collaborative Piano, Guitar & Lute Performance, Instrumental Performance, Piano Performance, Vocal Arts

In addition to meeting all general requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants should hold a B.A. in Music, a B.Mus., or the equivalent.

The online application must be submitted and all supporting materials must be received by January 15. Late applications cannot be considered. Supporting materials must include at least one substantial writing sample, preferably on a musical subject. This requirement may be fulfilled by the submission of an undergraduate paper of appropriate scope, preferably on a musical topic.

Applicants must audition for members of the Music faculty by February 1. In exceptional cases (as approved in advance by the departmental graduate advisor), a recently recorded performance may be accepted in lieu of a live audition. Applicants in composition must, in addition, submit a representative sample of scores and recordings of their works.

Applicants are expected to have good general knowledge of music history and music theory, competence in basic musicianship skills, including sight-singing, written and keyboard harmony, dictation, and basic keyboard facility (including sight-reading). Entering students will be given diagnostic tests in music theory prior to the beginning of classes and will be advised to remedy any evident deficiencies during the first year in residence by registering for the appropriate undergraduate courses or through other appropriate means. Credit earned in such courses cannot be counted toward fulfillment of any degree requirement.

Emphasis in Musicology

In addition to meeting all general requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants should hold a B.A. degree in Music, a B.Mus. degree, or their equivalent. Applications, including all supporting materials must be submitted online by January 15 for fellowship consideration. Applications submitted after this date but before the application deadline of February 1 will be considered for admission without fellowship support. Required supporting materials include (1) a statement of purpose outlining background of study and reasons for pursuing the degree, (2) three letters of recommendation from former teachers or others in position to address the merits of the application, (3) at least two writing samples that demonstrate promise for successful graduate study in music, and (4) the GRE general test score (instructional code: 4859). Applicants whose primary language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English for admission through the results of the TOEFL or IETS exam.

Applicants are expected to have good general knowledge of music history and music theory, competence in basic musicianship skills, including sight-singing, written and keyboard harmony, dictation, and basic keyboard facility (including sight-reading). Entering students will be given diagnostic tests in music theory prior to the beginning of classes and will be advised to remedy any evident deficiencies during the first year in residence by registering for the appropriate undergraduate courses or through other appropriate means. Credit earned in such courses cannot be counted toward fulfillment of any degree requirement.

Financial Support

The Department of Music makes every effort to offer financial assistance through internal University sources to all worthy applicants who do not have their own sources of financial support, such as private resources, support by an external institution, and national or independent fellowships or scholarships. This may take the form of a fellowship, teaching assistantship (TA), or graduate-student researcher position (GSR), or some combination thereof. All applicants for admission will be considered for financial assistance; no separate application for financial assistance is required. Admission to graduate status does not carry with it any implication concerning the award of financial aid, and some students may be offered admission without any financial assistance. Only students with full graduate status are eligible for financial assistance. Continued financial support beyond the first year depends on the student’s making satisfactory progress in the graduate program, as determined in the First-Year Review. Students who are admitted with financial aid from internal University sources and remain in good standing can expect to receive support through the second year of study, pending the availability of funds.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate/Credential Student Fees 2018-19

  Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $5,795.88 $5,794.88 $5,794.87 $17,385.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 5,034.00 5,034.00 5,034.00 15,102.00
Total Nonresident $10,829.88 $10,828.88 $10,828.87 $32,487.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at http://reg.uci.edu/fees/2018-2019/graduate.html

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

Core Faculty

Kei Akagi
department profile
kakagi@uci.edu
UCI Chancellor's Professor
Jazz Studies and Piano

Amy Bauer
department profile
abauer@uci.edu
Associate Professor
Music Theory


Haroutune Bedelian
department profile
hbedelia@uci.edu
Professor
Violin

Frances Young Bennett
department profile
fbennett@uci.edu
Lecturer
Voice

Annie Bosler
department profile
abosler@uci.edu
Lecturer
French Horn

David Brodbeck
department profile
david.brodbeck@uci.edu
Professor
Musicology

Patricia Cloud
department profile
pcloud@uci.edu
Lecturer
Flute

Jonathan Davis
department profile
jddavis@uci.edu
Lecturer
Oboe

Michael Dessen
department profile
mdessen@uci.edu
Associate Professor, Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music
Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology

Theresa Dimond
department profile
tdimond@uci.edu
Lecturer
Percussion

Christopher Dobrian
department profile
dobrian@uci.edu
Professor
Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology; Joint Appointment with Informatics

Fred Greene
department profile
fwgreene@uci.edu
Lecturer
Tuba

Lorna Griffitt
department profile
lgriffit@uci.edu
Professor of Teaching
Piano

Nicole Grimes
department profile
ngrimes@uci.edu
Assistant Professor
Musicology

Stephan Hammel
department profile
hammels@uci.edu
Assistant Professor
Musicology

Matt Hare
department profile
harem@uci.edu
Lecturer
Bass

Jason Harnell
department profile
jharnell@uci.edu
Lecturer
Jazz Drums

Seth Houston
department profile
seth.houston@uci.edu
Assistant Professor of Teaching; Director of Choral Activities; Associate Chair for Performance

Jerzy Kosmala
department profile
jkosmala@uci.edu
Lecturer
Viola

Mari Kimura
department profile
kimuram1@uci.edu
Professor
Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology

Sarah Koo
department profile
sjkoo@uci.edu
Lecturer
Cello and chamber music

Lukas Ligeti
department profile
ligeti@uci.edu
Assistant Professor
Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology

Kevin McKeown
department profile
mckeownk@uci.edu
Lecturer

Nicole Mitchell
department profile
nicole.mitchell@uci.edu
Professor

Elliot Moreau
department profile
sdemoreau@hotmail.com
Lecturer
Bassoon

Darek Oles
department profile
doleszki@uci.edu
Lecturer
Jazz Bass

Hossein Omoumi
department profile
homoumi@uci.edu
Professor
Maseeh Professor in Persian Performing Arts

Gerald Pinter
department profile
gpinter@uci.edu
Lecturer
Jazz Saxophone

Colleen Reardon
department profile
reardonc@uci.edu
Professor
Musicology; Undergraduate Advisor

Bobby Rodriguez
department profile
rodrigub@uci.edu
Lecturer
Jazz Trumpet

John Schneiderman
department profile
j2schnei@uci.edu
Professor of Teaching
Guitar and Lute

Nina Scolnik
department profile
nscolnik@uci.edu
Professor of Teaching
Piano

David Stetson
department profile
dbstetso@uci.edu
Lecturer
Trombone

Darryl Taylor
department profile
taylord@uci.edu
Professor
Vocal Arts

Stephen Tucker
department profile
stucker@uci.edu
Associate Professor
Director, UCI Symphony Orchestra

Kojiro Umezaki
department profile
kumezaki@uci.edu
Associate Professor
Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology; Graduate Advisor

Amanda Walker
department profile
ajwalker@uci.edu
Lecturer
Clarinet

David Washburn
department profile
dwashbur@uci.edu
Lecturer
Trumpet

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Students & Alumni

Music MFA students are perpetually engaged in a multitude of areas of creative work. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the faculty in your specific program of interest in order to learn more about what they’re doing.