Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | September 17, 2012

Upcoming Grammy U Event

Did you know that UCLA Extension certificate students in the Music Business and Independent Music Production programs receive FREE memberships to Grammy U?

Check out this awesome upcoming Grammy U event!
Current members should RSVP soon since this one is sure to fill up fast!

Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | August 24, 2012

Opportunity for a Film Composer!

The Entertainment Studies program at UCLA Extension encourages students to network and become involved with relevant projects that will help you gain experience and hone your skills.

Below is an opportunity that came to our office for a film composer: Read More…

Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | July 31, 2012

Fall Catalog – Music Classes!

Fall Catalog is here!

Click me to look inside!

Registration for the Fall 2012 quarter is now open! Here’s a list of all UCLA Extension Music classes that will be offered:

Remember to take advantage of early registration prices by signing up at least one month before the start date of your class. Many classes fill up fast, so enrolling early will not only save you money, but save your place!
Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | July 23, 2012

2012 Olympics!

The London 2012 Olympics kick off this Friday, July 27th! Get inspired with this song co-written by instructor, Arlene Matza-Jackson, especially for the occasion!

ALL THAT I AM was written for Athletes and the people who inspire Worldwide, and is especially dedicated to Olympic Athletes for the London Olympic 2012 games. Written by Arlene Matza-Jackson, Marty Irwin and Jon Jackson. Performed by Donna McDaniel. This song is available at iTunes

Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | July 17, 2012

Mark Winkler Student Showcase

Instructor Mark Winkler presents His First Singer Songwriters Showcase of UCLA Extension students!

Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | July 12, 2012

2012 BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Scholarship Winner Announcement!

The UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies program and BMI are pleased to announce Nuno Dario as the winner of the 2012 BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Scholarship!

Pictured from top left: Nuno Dario, BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Scholarship winner & Doreen Ringer-Ross, Vice President of Film and TV Relations, BMI
Pictured from bottom left: Pascale Cohen-Olivar, Program Director, UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies; and Kristen Kang, Program Representative, UCLA Extension Entertainment Studies.

The BMI/Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Scholarship is an annual award presented to a UCLA Extension student in the Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts Certificate in Film Scoring. The scholarship was named in honor of the late Oscar and Emmy Award winning film and television composer Jerry Goldsmith to help composers develop the specialized skills and contacts needed to pursue a successful career in film scoring.

BMI’s Doreen Ringer Ross states, “This scholarship is part of BMI’s overall commitment to music education and career development for new composers. Jerry was a definitive, iconic film composer, a master at his craft, and a huge mentor and supporter of young composers. He always took an interest in and made the time to meet with each of our previous scholarship recipients. BMI is proud to continue this program in his honor.”

The BMI Jerry Goldsmith scholarship is awarded annually in the Spring. One recipient is selected by BMI each year, with a $2500 award towards tuition for courses in the UCLA Extension Film Scoring Certificate Program.

Congratulations to this year’s winner, Nuno Dario!

Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | June 13, 2012

LA Film Festival

The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival starts tomorrow at LA Live. In addition to the array of features, documentaries, and shorts films, there will also be several music videos screened! The festival runs from June 14-24 and tickets for most events are open to the public.

Also, of particular interest to film composers, there will be a conversation with Danny Elfman this Saturday, June 16 at 8:30pm and also the following coffee talk this Sunday!


Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | May 30, 2012

Interview with Film Composer, Charles Bernstein

Emmy Award-winning composer Charles Bernstein will once again be teaching the UCLA Extension course, Bringing the Power of Music to Film this summer. Perfect for anyone interested in the art of film scoring, the course examines the crucial contribution music makes to narrative and emotional expression in film. We recently had a chance to catch up with the instructor to talk about this exciting class!

UCLAx: What sets your class apart from other film music courses? What can students expect to gain by the end of the quarter?
CB: I have designed this course to address two aspects of film music: the actual art of creating film music as well as the practical aspects of the profession. This course attracts both filmmakers and composers, and we examine an entire range of issues confronting both composers (including songwriters) and directors in applying music to film. By the end of the series, I hope everyone will have a fresh and useful perspective on what it means to “Bring the Power of Music to Film.”

Charles Bernstein with composer Alf Clausen – UCLA Extension Class field trip 2011 “The Simpsons” session

UCLAx: Last year you took your summer class on a field trip to “The Simpsons” recording session with Alf Clausen. What do you think was the most valuable lesson that students can take away from observing a professional scoring session?
CB: There is nothing like watching and listening to the top film composers actually recording their music. I have personally learned so much of what I know by attending recording sessions of people like John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Jerry Goldsmith, John Powell, Michael Giacchino, and so many others.

UCLAx: What do you love most about your job? Has there been a single project that you have enjoyed most or that you are most proud of?
CB: It’s hard to single out a particular favorite. I have composed music for well over a hundred feature length films, many additional documentaries and shorts, and written countless songs for movies as well. I have been very lucky to work with so many directors noted for being “music savvy,” like Wes Craven, Michael Mann, Penelope Spheeris, Joe Sargent, and lately, Quentin Tarantino. So, I guess I would say that each project is special to me, and a favorite, certainly while I am working on it!

UCLAx: What are you currently working on? Do you have an exciting projects coming up?
CB: I am currently working on an interesting documentary film. I always share what I am working on with my students so they can experience some “real time” issues that composers go through from day to day. (Updates and more information are on

UCLAx: Do you have any advice for aspiring composers?
CB: Basically, to have have faith in yourself, be pro-active and soak up all the great music, movies and knowledge that is all around us! For about ten more weeks of advice, join us this summer at UCLA Extension

Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | May 25, 2012

Build Your Home Music Studio this summer!

Check out this awesome new music class we are offering this summer. Perfect for any DIY musician, this class gives you the tools you need to get the best sound out of your home studio. The instructor, Michael Vail Blum, just recently completed his own home studio and snapped us this photo!

X 441 Creating and Operating Your Own Project Studio
Reg# Y3583B – $605
UCLA: 1246 Public Affairs Bldg.
Mon 7-10pm, Jun 25-Sep 17,
12 mtgs (no mtg 9/3)
Michael Vail Blum, instructor

Posted by: uclaextensionmusic | May 24, 2012

Music Festivals this weekend!

Which one will you go to?

The Silverlake Jubilee:

or the UCLA JazzReggae Festival:

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