Qualitatively different from conventional music conservatories, technical excellence is only one part of the story. The Herb Alpert School of Music seeks to empower students as complete makers of music.
At CalArts, students can be unlimited musicians — not constrained by one particular idiom — and be developed, flexible, creative, skilled, and thoughtful in universal and adaptable ways. No matter their specialization, all students have access to study music culture, composition, history, theory, performance, concert and studio production, songwriting, pedagogy, and so much more.
BFA, MFA, and DMA degrees are offered, with specializations in: Performer-Composer; Composition and Experimental Sound Practices; Instrumental Arts; Voice Arts; Music Technology (Intelligence, Interaction and Design); Jazz, World Music Performance, and Musical Arts/Experimental Pop.
CalArts stands above the field in several ways, including:
• World-class musical innovators on faculty;
• A stylistically-open approach to musical creativity;
• The ability for students to work with mentors from all areas of the School to construct individualized courses of study;
• Flexibility for students to organize ensembles, often with faculty participation;
• Performances centered on original music and spontaneous creation alongside extant musical literature and interactive media;
• Collaborative opportunities within the CalArts’ multidisciplinary arts environment including the Schools of Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, and Theater.
Students come to CalArts to learn absolutely everything: to not only understand the past, but to explore and experiment to shape their future. The School accentuates moving forward. Faculty are not just lecturers; they constantly create and perform with students and are very involved in their creative processes.
Come to CalArts to pave your own pathway to not only make art, but also to make a difference, make a career, and make lasting connections to its creative, collaborative communities.