UC Davis Today: The UC Davis music experience

Man playing trombone with his reflection on the horn

The UC Davis music experience

Whether it’s a jazz ensemble or symphony orchestra sounding notes of distinction, the UC Davis music scene thrives for undergraduate students.

The university’s bachelor of arts degree in music engages students in the many ways that people perform, create and comprehend the world of rhythms and melodies. The music major is flexible, with areas of emphasis in performance, composition and theory, or history.  Students also benefit from an enriching musical environment at UC Davis that includes the world-class Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, an extensive music library and more than 100 events each year by an eclectic range of ensembles and celebrated visiting artists.

The goal of the nationally ranked UC Davis music program is to help undergraduates reach their fullest potential as musicians, leaders and global citizens.

(Music major Sean Raley follows instructions for playing Richard Wagner’s Tannhaüser overture on trombone during private lessons with music instructor Bruce Chrisp. Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)


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