The Music Industry minor consists of 28 total units. A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Course Requirements

Core Requirements (8 units)

  • Music Industry 101: Seminar: Music Industry, Technology, and Science (4 units)
  • Music Industry 195: Community or Corporate Internships in Music Industry and Technology (4 units)

Electives (20 units)

  • Five courses (4 units each), chosen from:
    • Ethnomusicology M12B, M25, 30, M35, C100, 105, 117, C169, 172A;
    • Music C176, C184;
    • Musicology 128, M137, 140, 164, 165, 177, 185; or
    • Music Industry 29, 55, 95, 102 through 181, M182, 188, 195, 197.

A maximum of two lower-division courses may be counted toward the minor. Other UCLA upper division courses may be applied to the minor by petition.

Theory Requirement (not unit-based) — WILL BE REMOVED IN SPRING 2020

  • Students who are not enrolled in a major within the Herb Alpert School of Music must demonstrate music theory proficiency by:
    • Passing the Music Industry minor’s Music Literacy Assessment;
    • Completing Music 3 with a minimum grade of C+; or
    • Completing an equivalent course in consultation with Chair Robert Fink.


Questions about course content are best directed to the instructor of the course.

Requests for Permission to Enroll (PTE) numbers can only be fulfilled by the course instructor.

Students interested in adding the Music Industry minor must complete an application process including an essay component, degree planner, and undergraduate program change petition.

Applications are only accepted in Fall and Spring quarters, and are due by Friday of Week 4 to Music Industry advisor Tabetha Van Heest in 2525 Schoenberg Music Building.

Minimum Eligibility


  • If you entered UCLA as a first year, the earliest you may apply to the minor is Fall of your sophomore year
  • If you entered UCLA as a transfer, the earliest you may apply to the minor is Spring of your first year at UCLA.

Academic Standing

  • Students must be in good academic standing with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

The Application Process

1. Complete the only prerequisite: a music ensemble course in the Herb Alpert School of Music.

Prior to the time of application, students who are not currently pursuing a major in the Herb Alpert School of Music must complete or currently be enrolled in one lower division music performance or music ensemble course (Ethnomusicology 91A–91Z, Music C90A–90N, C90Q–M90T, or equivalent). The performance requirement may also be fulfilled through successful completion of Music Industry 111.

2. Attend an Info Session.

Students who would like to apply to the minor must attend an Info Session in the term in which they plan to apply. We do not currently provide digital copies of the application; they are handed out in physical form at the Info Sessions. Confirmed RSVPs are required, and attendance is taken at each session by way of a sign-in sheet. See below for upcoming Info Sessions.

3. Complete the application.

Completed applications are due by Friday of Week 4 in the term in which you are applying. They can be turned in to Tabetha Van Heest in 2525 Schoenberg Music Building. There are no exceptions for late applications.

Spring 2020 Info Sessions

All Spring 2020 Info Sessions will be held via Zoom. Invitations will be sent to the email addresses used to RSVP on the day of the meeting.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020



Monday, April 6th, 2020



Wednesday, April 8th, 2020



Students can receive credit for internships by taking either Music Industry 95: Introduction to Community or Corporate Internships in Music Industry or Music Industry 195: Community or Corporate Internships in Music Industry and Technology. The internship must be in an area related to the music industry, such as: music publishing, artist management, music marketing, etc. Undergraduate students from all majors are welcome to participate in the Music Industry Internship Program, though students actively coded into the minor may take priority if space is limited.


  • Music Industry 95
    • Students must have lower division (first year or sophomore year) standing.
  • Music Industry 195
    • Students must have upper division (junior or senior) standing.

Course Requirements

  • Students earn 4 units for Music Industry 95 or 195.
  • Students will complete weekly reports for their faculty supervisor.
  • Students will complete a final report of 8–12 double-spaced pages by the last teaching day of the quarter.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours for the duration of the internship (an average of 12 hours per week). Students are expected to attend the internship for the duration of the quarter (e.g. they may not receive credit if the internship only overlaps with a few weeks of the quarter). A completed time sheet, approved by the student’s site supervisor, is required at the end of the quarter.
  • Please note that internships must cover 80% of the term in which the student plans to enroll. This means they can start 2 weeks before term and end 2 weeks early, or begin in Week 2 and end 2 weeks after term. Anything else cannot be considered as students will not provide the amount of work during term that constitutes earning 4 credits during the term.


Music Industry 95 and 195 do not automatically appear on the Schedule of Classes; you enroll by creating a contract through MyUCLA.

  1. Click on the “Classes” tab in the top bar.
  2. In the drop-down menu, choose “Contract Courses.”
  3. Fill in the required information. Be sure to choose the correct course (95 for lower division students, 195 for upper division students). Please note that you must choose a designated faculty mentor to be your faculty supervisor for 195.
  4. At the end of the process, you will generate a .pdf document. Please print this out and have your faculty supervisor sign the contract.
  5. You will also have to complete and acquire signatures for the Liability Waiver and Student Learning Agreement.
  6. Drop off the completed Liability Waiver, Student Learning Agreement, and the 95 or 195 Contract (signed by the faculty supervisor) to Tabetha Van Heest in Schoenberg Music Building 2525, or email them to These three items are due by 5pm PST on Wednesday of Week 2. Forms turned in after this time will not result in enrollment.
  7. Once the Music Industry Chair has approved the paperwork, your enrollment will be processed and 95 or 195 will show up on your study list. After you are formally enrolled you may request a proof of credit letter for your employer, if needed.


For questions related to the application process, fulfilling prerequisites, and degree progress, please contact:

Tabetha Van Heest
Music Industry Minor Advisor
Schoenberg Music Building 2525
(310) 206-5002

Stay Updated

Please email Chairs’ Assistant Amanda Armstrong at to be added to the prospective Music Industry student email listserv. This way you can be the first to hear when informational sessions are posted, learn more information about upcoming classes and events, and more!