The Department of Music at U.C. Berkeley has been ranked among the top music departments in the United States for several decades, changing with the times while maintaining its distinction thanks to an innovative faculty, top-notch students, dedicated staff, and supportive alumni.

We successfully integrate academic studies with performance. We are small enough to foster a sense of community, yet big enough to offer a broad variety of courses that enables students to craft programs suited to individual interests. These are complemented by an array of performance courses and opportunities.

Among the unique features enriching our offerings to students, campus, and the general public are: