Qualitatively different from conventional music conservatories, the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts seeks to empower its 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 much more.
BFA, MFA, and DMA degrees are offered, with specializations in:
Composition and Experimental Sound Practices; Experimental Pop; Instrumental Arts; Jazz; Music Technology (Intelligence, Interaction and Design); Performer-Composer; Voice Arts; and World Music Performance.
Studying Music at CalArts incorporates rigorous training in an unrivaled variety of musical styles and cultures in a program which proudly features::
• 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, multidisciplinary, cross-pollinating opportunities with the other five schools of CalArts (Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, and Theater).
Come to CalArts to pave your own pathway and develop your unique identity as a musician: hone your skills in making art, making a career, making a difference, and contributing to creative, collaborative communities.