Whether you’re applying to graduate programs in a specialized area or an undergraduate taking your first ever music class, there is something for everyone in the music department at UCSB.

Come study with leading composers, performers, and scholars on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, at the No. 7 public national university (U.S. News & World Report, 2023).


A Degree in Music

For applicants to the university looking to explore the degree programs offered in the Department of Music.



For music majors, minors, and those who might want to be—explore opportunities to study, learn, and play music at UC Santa Barbara.

Cello grad student


For currently enrolled graduate students in Music—resources, advising, and referrals to resources.



For the music lover. Explore the Department of Music's diverse events calendar, including lectures, concerts, recitals, and masterclasses. 

Music Newsroom



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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” - Plato


Students talk about what it's like to study music at UC Santa Barbara

"One of my favorite aspects of studying music at UCSB is being able to collaborate with, engage with, and learn from such a diverse community of students and faculty. It has been so interesting to connect with those of different backgrounds and experiences, while maintaining a similar passion for music." 

Alexis Mancilla
Bachelor of Music | Flute
Class of 2023


"I was looking for places to enjoy the ocean, play music and live the college experience—and at UCSB I’ve found all three. I was made aware that UCSB’s music department has a lot of knowledge and resources to offer, including groundbreaking research and the amazing feat of human creativity that is the AlloSphere." 

Joel Jaffe
Bachelor of Arts | Music Studies
Class of 2024