Allison Taka

Director of Student Affairs
2527 Schoenberg Music Bldg.
ataka@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu
(310) 825-4769

Emily Spitz

Associate Director for Recruitment
2523 Schoenberg Music Bldg.
espitz@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu
(310) 825-4768

Tabetha Van Heest

Student Affairs Officer
2525 Schoenberg Music Bldg.
tvanheest@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu
(310) 206-5002

The Office of Student Affairs is available to discuss your academic needs via appointments or limited drop-in advising sessions. Students who drop-in without an appointment or during times that are not designated as drop-in advising sessions will be asked to follow one or both of the following options:

Winter 2020 Drop-in Advising Sessions: Every week of the academic year, our academic advisors host specific drop-in advising hours students may utilize for brief academic advising questions. Our front desk assistants will post sign-in sheets 15 minutes prior to the start of a drop-in advising session. You simply need to come in and sign up for a 15-minute time slot. Feel free to leave and come back when it’s your turn!

Allison TakaEmily SpitzTabetha Van Heest
Mondays | 9-11amMondays | 10am-12pmTuesdays | 10am-12pm
Tuesdays | 1-3pmWednesdays | 2-4pmWednesdays | 10am-12pm
Thursdays | 9-11amThursdays | 2-4pmThursdays | 1-3pm

Appointments: For longer, more complicated concerns, students are encouraged to set up an appointment with their academic advisor. To do so, simply email your academic advisor with your availability and we’ll figure out a mutually agreeable time.

Advising Areas (Winter 2020): 

  • Emily Spitz: Musicology BA, Music History and Industry BA
  • Allison Taka: Music BA, Music Composition BA, Music Education BA, Music MM, Music DMA, Music MA/PhD
  • Tabetha Van Heest: Musicology MA/PhD, Ethnomusicology BA, Ethnomusicology MA/PhD, Ethnomusicology minor, Musicology minor, Music Industry minor

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.

To reserve the theater spaces, you must currently be a student or faculty member in the Herb Alpert School of Music. Please see the Theaters page or contact theater@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu for more information.

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.

Add

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.

Drop

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.

Add

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.

Drop

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.

Faculty contact information can be found on the UCLA Directory. If you cannot locate the faculty member’s information there, please contact the departmental Chair’s Assistant for more information.

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.