Yes! BUT you have to be affiliated with the Herb Alpert School of Music, either as a Major/Minor or by enrolling in a performance class (i.e. Symphony, Chorale, Marching Band etc). To apply for practice room access, please visit the main office (SMB 2520) to complete a Music Facilities Service Fee (MFSF) form. You can find more info about practice rooms and lockers in the section above.
If you are not affiliated with the School of Music, you cannot use the practice rooms, but you can find rooms with pianos in the Residence Halls on the Hill. These rooms are available to all UCLA students, faculty, and staff. You can reserve those rooms here.
The practice rooms and lockers are located on the Basement level of the Schoenberg Music Building. If you enter from Dickson Court, just go down one level. If you enter from Charles E. Young Dr. East across from the Faculty Center, you are already in the Basement. You’ll know you’re in the right place because all of the room numbers in the Basement begin with “B.”
If you have a yellow practice card, you will be issued a key when you pick up your card. This key must be returned when your card expires unless you come renew it before the quarter ends. So if you have a 2019-2020 MFSF card, then your key is due back to the Main Office at the end of the year. The fee for lost or unreturned keys is $29.
If you have a blue practice card, your rooms will not be locked so you will not need a key to practice.
There are two types of practice cards: Yellow is for School of Music Majors and Minors (Music, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, and Music Industry); Blue is for Non-Music Major UCLA Students who are enrolled in a performance ensemble.
Students who hold MFSF may request a locker, but they are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis depending upon availability. Both cards cost $57 a quarter.
You can apply for a practice card online and at the main office of Schoenberg Music Building (Rm 2520). The last day to cancel an MFSF card is the Friday of the 2nd week of each quarter. After this time, no refunds can be processed.
Whenever the building is open! Our hours are as follows:
Mon-Fri 7:00am-12 Midnight
Closed on these University Holidays:
Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day
Open on these University Holidays:
Veteran’s Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King, Jr., President’s Day, Cesar Chavez Holiday, and Memorial Day
When you purchase a practice room card, you get two free hours of reserved time per week. If you wish, you may add additional hours to your package, ranging from 5 – 20 hours. Each additional tier of hours costs $17 (5 hours is $17, 10 hours is $34, etc). To reserve a slot or get more details about how to use the MFSF Reserve System, go here.
If you don’t reserve hours, you can still practice in any open practice room. However, if someone shows up that has that room reserved, you must give the room up to that person. Practice rooms cannot be held for more than 10 minutes.
If your enrollment depends on an audition, you can sign up for a Blue Practice Card upstairs at the front office (SMB 2520). If you are accepted into an ensemble, just keep your card. If you are not accepted for the quarter, please return your card to the front office by the Friday of 2nd Week, otherwise you will be charged the $57 MFSF fee, and will not be able to request a refund.
Yes, a lot of our graduate students actually offer private lessons. To request an instructor, please visit this page.
Chorale, Orchestra, and Band each have their own respective rehearsal rooms on the 1st floor.
Choir Room 1325
Orchestra Room 1343
Band Room 1345
How to Reserve a Classroom or Rehearsal Room:
1) Check room availability. To do this…
- Click on CLASSROOM AVAILABILITY SCHEDULE
- Click on “Classroom Schedule”
- Choose “Guest Account”
- Click “Login” (no password is needed)
- Click “Week List” and find the week that you want
- From the chosen week, you will see room numbers at the right to view
- Arrows at the top left allow you to navigate forward through the weeks
2) Submit a Classroom Reservation Request Form
3) Receive reservation confirmation email
- To guarantee that your request will be approved in time for your desired date, submit requests at least two business days before the reservation.
- For example, if you want to reserve a classroom for a rehearsal on a Monday, you’ll need to submit a request by the preceding Thursday.
- For any urgent requests, visit Virginia Pettis in 2520, or Alex Echevarria in 1309.
For course-related reservations, contact your department’s Chair’s Assistant.
For theater reservations, go here.
No, if a room is unavailable please either request a different room or a different time. You can check back to see if reserved rooms have been released, but due to limited facilities, you will probably have better luck finding a different room.
For urgent requests, just call our Classroom Support Technicians at (424-402-9045), and someone should open it shortly.
Faculty and Grad Students may check out keys for classroom equipment at the Main Office (SMB 2520).
For weekend and evening support, you may contact the CSO’s for assistance (310-825-1493).
All items that are found in the building by CSO’s or staff will be turned into the front desk in SMB 2520. At the end of the quarter, all items not claimed will be handed over to UCPD Lost & Found. If the item was not turned into the front desk, the closet UCPD Lost & Found station is located across the street at the Faculty Center.
For urgent needs after hours, CSO’s can help you gain access to the building. They can be reached at (310) 825-4774.
That would be the lovely folks down in Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management (OSSEM). They are located in 1642 on the 1st Floor in the courtyard past the café.
For recitals, we have 3 performance venues within the School that are available for Majors to rent at no charge.
Ostin Ensemble Room
- Available for both Undergraduate and Graduate recitals
- Seats 86
- Available for both Undergraduate and Graduate recitals
- Seats 144
- Only available for D.M.A. recitals
- Seats 500
All recital rentals include audio and video recordings if requested when scheduling.
Approved recital posters will be hung on the burgundy painted strips on the walls of the first floor of Schoenberg. When you want to post them, just deliver them to the front office in 2520. We will attach HASOM approved stickers and hang them for you on the 1st floor. For basement posters, you don’t need to have them approved first so you can hang them up without coming to the front desk, however we do ask that you avoid posting on glass.
The ONLY approved spaces for holding receptions are as follows:
- The Courtyard for Ostin Ensemble Room events
- The Green Room for Popper and Schoenberg Hall
- Any available classroom for both (with reservation of course)
The area outside of the Ostin Ensemble Room next to the Café and the Lobby of Schoenberg are NOT approved spaces for recitals. Please do not plan to host your gatherings there.
Our state-of-the-art Recording Studio is available to both School of Music affiliates and outside parties. You can click here for more information about reservations and usage fees.
For all building-related issues, please contact Virginia Pettis or Alex Echevarria with a description and location. For urgent issues, you may call the UCLA Facilities Trouble Desk at (310) 825 – 9236.
You can also directly report any urgent issues by downloading the UCLA 311 app created by campus facilities.
STUDENT SERVICES FAQ
Practice rooms and lockers are available for current Herb Alpert School of Music students and those who are currently enrolled in a School of Music course or ensemble. Access to practice rooms and/or lockers is managed by the Operations Assistant. For more information, please go the School of Music main office, which is located in Schoenberg Music Building 2520.
Unfortunately, instrument rentals are only available to students taking courses at the Herb Alpert School of Music.
You cannot reserve the recording studio unless you are a student in the Herb Alpert School of Music or currently enrolled in appropriate Music Industry courses. Please contact Luis Henao, Director of Music Technology and Production, for more information.
Major programs in the School of Music offer admission to current UCLA students on an annual cycle. You can begin the application process in the Fall. Then, depending on the program you are applying to, you will need to submit supplementary materials, and if invited, attend either an audition or an interview. Review the application requirements for your major of interest here.
The Herb Alpert School of Music offers two minor programs: Music Industry and Musicology. Both minors are open to any UCLA undergraduate student. We do not offer a minor in music performance.
To learn more about the application process for the Music Industry minor, your first step is to attend an informational session. These sessions are offered in the Fall and Spring, the quarters in which applications are accepted. You can find current information on informational sessions here. Please note: your application for the minor will not be accepted unless you have attended an informational session.
Students in the Herb Alpert School of Music can add classes using MyUCLA through the third week of the term. After week three, students must petition to late or retroactively add courses with the Office of Student Services & Enrollment Management.
Students in the Herb Alpert School of Music can drop non-impacted classes without a transcript notation using MyUCLA through Friday of the fourth week of classes. After week four, students must petition to late or retroactively drop courses with the Office of Student Services & Enrollment Management. Impacted classes may be dropped using MyUCLA on or before midnight Friday of the second week of classes with no fee or transcript notation. Impacted Summer Sessions classes may be dropped using MyUCLA on or before midnight Friday of the first week of classes with no transcript notation.
Graduate students can add classes using MyUCLA with no fee during the first two weeks of the term, and with a fee through the end of the last day of instruction. Students receiving Graduate Division-based special fellowships, awarded fee remissions or employed under ASE titles must be enrolled in at least 12 units for the applicable term. Only those receiving Graduate Division-based unrestricted funding need to be enrolled in at least 8 units for the corresponding term.
Graduate students can drop classes using MyUCLA with no fee through the second week of the term. In weeks three through ten, they can drop classes through MyUCLA and are charged a per-class change fee. For retroactive drops after the last day of instruction, students must petition to drop a class and are charged a per-class change fee, a per-class penalty fee, and a per-class late fee. See the graduate drop deadlines.
Undergraduate students can change the grading basis on optionally graded courses using MyUCLA with no fee during the first two weeks of the term, and with a fee through Friday of the sixth week of classes. After week six, students must petition to late or retroactively change the grading basis with the Office of Student Services & Enrollment Management.
Graduate students can change grading basis on optionally graded courses using MyUCLA with no fee during the first two weeks of the term. To change the grading basis on a mandatory-graded class, graduate students use a Graduate Degree Petition. A supporting memorandum from the student’s home department chair is required, as well as an e-mail from the class instructor describing the student’s participation in the class. Students can petition for change through the last day of instruction.
The Office of Student Services & Enrollment Management does not provide PTE numbers to students, as faculty members manage their course enrollments. Please contact the instructor of the course to request a PTE number.
The Chair’s Assistant of each department coordinates course scheduling for the academic year. Please contact the departmental Chair’s Assistant for more information.
Typically Freshman and Sophomore Music and GJS students sign up for lower division lessons (Music 60-66, GJS 71A-I), while transfer, Junior, and Senior students sign up for upper division lessons (Music 160-166, GJS 171A-I). You should always consult your DARS and/or advisor to make sure you are enrolling in the correct level of lessons.
All ensembles require an audition or instructor consent. For more information on specific ensembles and how to sign up, contact the director of the ensemble.
If a certain course you’re interested in doesn’t have any prerequisites or restrictions for non-majors, you are welcome to take it. Some classes have audition requirements, so feel free to contact the instructor if you have questions regarding the audition process. Only Herb Alpert School of Music majors in the appropriate program may take private lessons.
If the course/ensemble in which you’re interested doesn’t have any prerequisites or restrictions for non-majors, you are welcome to take the course. All ensembles require an audition or instructor consent, so feel free to contact the instructor if you have questions.