The Department of Music at UC Riverside offers undergraduate majors leading to the B.A. in Music and the B.A. in Music and Culture, as well as an M.A./Ph.D. in Music with a specialization in three areas: musicology, ethnomusicology, and digital composition.
The Department features a distinctive and supportive environment for study in music. It emphasizes close interaction between its students and faculty, and provides for a continuously expanding range of musical and intellectual pursuits. Faculty interests range from traditional Western art music (offering foundational study in traditional musicology, theory, and composition) and ethnomusicology (music ethnography) to cultural studies, gender/sexuality, critical theory, free improvisation, digital and electronic music composition, popular music and the culture industry (including television and film as well as computer gaming), area studies, and many others. The entire faculty shares a belief in the importance of musical performance, an activity in which many are regularly engaged, and students receive individual attention in both research and creative projects.
The 1,200-acre Riverside campus of the University of California is situated at the foot of the dramatic San Bernardino Mountains in the heart of the rapidly growing Inland Empire. Conveniently located 50 miles east of Los Angeles, it is equidistant from the desert, mountains, and ocean and is within easy driving distance to most of the major cultural and recreational offerings of Southern California. Nearby Ontario International Airport offers access to the nation’s major cities and commuter flights to LAX; Metrolink train service is available to LA.
The department’s facilities include practice rooms equipped with Yamaha pianos, a Performance Lab, a Chamber Music Studio, and a large lecture/rehearsal hall, as well as smaller classrooms and a computer lab. The department owns a large collection of early- music instruments, including a large number of keyboard instruments, as well as instruments for use in traditional chamber, orchestral, and wind ensembles. The department also owns the instruments for several Asian ensembles, i.e., Javanese gamelan, Japanese taiko, Philippine rondalla, North Indiana tabla, and Korean drums, as well as for two Latin American ensembles, Andean and Mexican folkloric. The Experimental Acoustic Research Studio (EARS) supports the composition of electronic music and is housed at a location near campus. The department is home to the Center for Iberian and Latin American Music
, which sponsors concerts and lectures in addition to maintaining a website and scholarly journal.
The UCR library holds strong music-research collections located in three facilities. Approximately 35,000 books about music may be found in the Rivera Library, along with journal back-files and microforms. The Music Library, located in room 054 Arts Building (lower level), provides listening equipment, computers, and houses collections of some 10,000 LPs, more than 7,000 CDs, an authoritative collection of reference works, and over 35,000 music scores. A growing collection of music DVDs is also available in the Music Library. Special Collections, on the 4th floor of the Rivera Library, holds numerous 18th- and 19th-century scores of major German and Austrian composers, as well as the Oswald Jonas and Joaquin Nin-Culmell archives. Located in the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, the Multimedia Library houses the UCR Libraries’ collection of media. The collection includes video tapes (VHS), DVDs, Blu-Ray, laserdiscs, CD-ROMS, 16mm motion pictures and playback equipment. Online access to these collections is provided through the UCR Library’s local online catalog, SCOTTY and MELVYL, the UC system libraries’ online catalog. The UCR library homepage
, provides access to SCOTTY and MELVYL, as well as links to a wide variety of electronic resources.
Students have ample opportunities to perform in a remarkably wide variety of ensembles, both Western and non-Western. The ensemble directors and vocal and instrumental instructors are among the leading professionals in their respective areas in Southern California. Throughout each academic year the Department of Music and Cultural Events sponsor more than 50 formal and informal concerts and recitals by campus ensembles, students, members of the performance faculty, and distinguished visiting artists. Most of the Department’s concerts are open to the public.
Students have access to student assistantships, work-study, Gluck Fellowships, and scholarships. For further information or a department tour, call the Music Department, (951) 827-7059.