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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:

  • Center for New Music and Audio Technologies: CNMAT is the site for interdisciplinary research and teaching on the application of computer and related technologies to music, and for related concerts, lectures, workshops and seminars by internationally renowned composers, performers, scholars and researchers.
  • Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library: One of the finest music research collections in the world, the recently-opened Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library replaces the overcrowded former library in Morrison Hall.
  • Hertz Hall: Now in its 65th year, the well-attended free noon concert series takes place in this 678-seat performance space. Also used for evening concerts, rehearsals, and lecture classes, it is home to many department ensembles including the symphony and choruses.
  • The Carillon: A campus icon located in the middle of campus, the Campanile houses the 61-bell carillon and features daily performances by carillonists, students, and guests.