Music Schools & Colleges in New York
Garden City, NY
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The Department of Music at Adelphi University is firmly committed to the teaching of excellence in all areas of the art of music. The department provides:
- A strong foundation for future academic and professional development
- Opportunities for musical and intellectual growth at the highest level, including a wide range of performance and presentation opportunities both at the local and national levels
- Small class size and individualized learning experiences
- Cultural enrichment that benefits the University and greater community
Music, like all art, engages the mind and the heart. It redefines boundaries and questions limits in order to make a meaningful statement about the human condition. The education of the mind is, therefore, as important as the education of the fingers. The greatest musicians not only have the technical mastery to communicate effectively, but also are deeply curious and equally adept at analytical and emotional modes of thought.
The Barnard Music Program provides the vocal program for the university, which includes the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and Chamber Choir, solo studio voice lessons and three limited-enrollment vocal classes, Technique in Singing, the Vocal Repertoire Class and Worldmuse. There are two opera companies in residence, Opera Hispanica and the Brooklyn Opera Theater which present on-campus performances in the fall and spring. The program provides a music history course, Introduction to Music, which is a year-long survey of Western European art music from sixth-century Gregorian Chant to the work of living composers; the course fulfills the Fine and Performing Arts requirement of the General Education Requirements and serves as a pre-requisite for the music major. An additional option is an undergraduate major in ethnomusicology. Students may complete a senior project in music repertoire by presenting an hour-long recital, or may write a fifty-page thesis project in music research. The successful student will gain professional level performance skills though studio lessons and the theory and ear training sequence, and gain a comprehensive knowledge of music history from the courses in historical musicology and ethnomusicology provided by the Music Department at Columbia University.
The study of music develops and enhances analytical, creative, listening and performance skills. Canisius offers a major and minor in music. The program introduces students to the literature, theory and technology of music. Courses are designed for students with diverse musical backgrounds and levels of experience.
Students following the prescribed curriculum with a major in music will learn about the broad historical and cultural context in which the art is developed as well as study music literature, history, theory, and musicianship. Such study is intended to provide a base from which subsequent advanced training may be undertaken. The department expects that all students majoring in music will participate each semester in a performing group sponsored by the Music Program.
Famous author Aldous Huxley wrote, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Ready to take up the challenge? Our undergraduate music program is the place for you to give expression to “the inexpressible” by mastering your instrument. In addition to improving your technique, you’ll add a wide knowledge of music history and theory to your repertoire. At Brooklyn College, you’ll be under the tutelage of accomplished professors who are not only excellent musicians but also caring and insightful teachers.
Thank you for your interest in the Music Department at The City College of New York (CCNY). We have an outstanding full-time music faculty, which includes Grammy award-winning jazz bassist, John Patitucci and Pulitzer prize-winning composer, David Del Tredici. Students may work towards a BA degree in music, a BFA in performance (classical or jazz), or a BFA in music technology (referred to as the Sonic Arts program). Students may also minor in education in conjunction with any musical discipline, which will lead to certification required for teaching in the public school system.
City University of New York-College of Staten Island
Staten Island, NY
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The Department of Music at College of Staten Island, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), offers a variety of courses and degree programs catering to the needs of a diverse student body. Courses include a large selection of topics in music performance, theory, history, ethnomusicology, and music education. Private lessons are available on all instruments and voice, either with Hunter faculty members or with expert teachers outside the College. Most degrees can be completed in the evening, as well as during the day.
The Department of Music at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), offers a variety of courses and degree programs catering to the needs of a diverse student body. Courses include a large selection of topics in music performance, theory, history, ethnomusicology, and music education. Private lessons are available on all instruments and voice, either with Hunter faculty members or with expert teachers outside the College. Most degrees can be completed in the evening, as well as during the day.
The Department of Music offers a 59-credit major in music leading to the BS degree. The undergraduate program offers a general program of study with emphasis on theory, musicianship, history, and performance within a liberal arts college curriculum. The MAT degree provides students with the Masters component for New York State certification, and guides them through the remaining requirements for certification eligibility.
The Aaron Copland School of Music not only offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, but it also maintains a vital presence in the cultural life of Queens and Long Island as well as in the greater New York City area. Students in the ACSM follow a curriculum designed to develop the interdependent skills of performing, listening to, and understanding music. This provides the thorough training so necessary for graduate study and eventual professional careers. The School also forges strong links with the community, not only through public concerts and recitals, but through collaborations with the public schools, specialized programs and courses for senior citizens, and the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, which serves up to 400 elementary and secondary students each year.
“Art is the signature of mankind” wrote G. K. Chesterton, and the faculty of the Department of Performing and Fine Arts believe that in their diversity these signatures give rise to the organic health of our many cultures. In that light we are united in our mission to guide our students in both the making of their own art and in their conceptual, historical, social, and professional understanding of our many arts, which vary widely in our multi-disciplinary department. Included are drawing, painting, sculpting, and computer-imaging; musical composition and performance; theatre design and its crafts, along with directing and acting for the stage; and the effective communication of ideas, beliefs and of the self through the rhetorical arts, especially for business, the professions and for public service.
The Music program consists of five areas of concentration: Musicology, Theory/Analysis, Ethnomusicology, Composition (Ph.D. and D.M.A.), and Performance (D.M.A.). The Ph.D. Program in Music is designed to train students in the fields and subfields of musical scholarship, analysis, and composition. Doctoral study in music balances broad perspective and specialized knowledge. Students and faculty draw on the wealth of musical and music-related scholarly resources in the City of New York.
Music at Colgate is exciting! It will open new doors for you in the creative and performing arts. Not only are there excellent performing opportunities, but the music department also focuses on training intelligent musicians with an equally strong background in history and theory.
So, you want to major in music. Great! At The College of Saint Rose we have been working with students like you for more than 90 years. Since the founding of our College in 1920, our Music Department has been preparing students for a variety of careers in music while providing them with a well-rounded liberal arts education. Our graduates use their Saint Rose education as a springboard to employment in music education, music performance, audio and video production, arts administration and entertainment law.
As a liberal arts department, and not a conservatory, we aim to prepare our undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrators for careers in music and the arts, but also to bring skills developed in the rigorous study of music to the pursuit of careers in academia, technology, public service, policy, business, medicine, the law, engineering, science, education, and many other fields. We believe that the study of music is crucial to the development of the critical intellectual and ethical skills that are the broader objectives of a liberal arts education and the basis for a successful career in any field.
The Department of Music at Cornell provides opportunities for the study and performance of music under the guidance of a distinguished faculty, as part of an education at a great university. Students study music for many reasons. Some students may devote considerable time and energy to it, either through enrolling in the major or by taking a series of elective courses. Others find the study of music a natural way to pursue an interest without necessarily committing a large amount of time.
Dowling College offers the following degrees in the field of music: Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Minors in Music and Music History are also offered. Students have the opportunity to participate in one or more of the following performing groups: chamber ensemble, chorus, guitar ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.
The Elmira College Music faculty’s goal is to develop students’ musicianship by offering courses in a liberal arts context that improve performance skills, establish an understanding of the rich and diverse history of music, and develop a mature sensibility of creative expression within the context of a variety of historical styles.
The Bachelor of Music (Mus. B) degree program in Jazz/Commercial Music offers concentrations in Performance, Composition/Songwriting, Musical Theatre, Audio Recording Technology, and Music Business. It is designed for students planning to pursue careers as professional performers, composers, recording engineers, music business executives, or producers of video music. Music compositions selected from various styles, periods and composers provide the textual material for the program. A comparative survey of music literature in contrasting styles and media is utilized as an integral approach to the study, harmony, melody, rhythm, counterpoint, instrumentation, texture and composition. Class performance of relevant music is encouraged and writing skills, ear skills, music analysis, and reading facility are developed in accordance with individual potential.
The music major is available at both Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. The program covers a range of courses that include music theory, performance, and history. The program, which leads to a B.A., is an academically oriented one, aimed at liberal arts students who would like to study the history of music as a humanistic discipline. The program prepares students to go onto graduate studies, a career in teaching, or one that combines music with other disciplines.
The music program provides a range of performance opportunities on and off campus for student musicians and vocalists. Students also explore the historical contexts and theoretical concepts behind many musical styles and forms. The curriculum includes courses in music theory, history, solo and group performance, world music, jazz history, jazz arranging, contemporary music technology, women in music, the psychology of music and conducting.
At Hartwick, music students have many opportunities to apply their knowledge of music through student teaching placements to studying abroad to innovative student-faculty collaborative projects. Each student has the opportunity to create unique musical learning experiences. Hartwick music students are innovative and imaginative individuals who are committed to the study and practice of music and music learning.
If you are seeking a meaningful way to combine your passion for music and Judaism, the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Cantorial Program is the ideal path for you. Our cantorial students come from a variety of backgrounds – including opera, musical theater, songleading, Jewish studies, teaching, music administration, computer technology, the world of finance, as well as other professions – yet all have a common love of music and Judaism. As a potential member of the clergy, you will gain a strong musical background including vocal training, musicianship, and sight singing. As a future Jewish leader, you possess a passion to serve the Jewish people and through your training, you will acquire an even deeper attachment to the Jewish community.
The Music Department offers courses in history, theory and performance that are designed to help students develop a musical understanding. Whether it is a desire to broaden a cultural perspective or to pursue a professional career in music, students can create a plan of study that is uniquely their own.
Hofstra’s Department of Music offers various highly diversified programs designed to prepare students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required to succeed in today’s musical environment. The key to this success is a liberal arts education that includes a solid foundation in practical performance skills combined with a comprehensive understanding of music theory and history.
Building on the firm foundation of a well-established undergraduate music program, our goal is to foster an environment where talented and well-prepared students work together with a highly-qualified faculty in a nurturing setting to achieve a whole greater than the sum of its parts: fine music-making combined with academic rigor, informed and deepened by Christian perspective.
Since its founding in 1892 as a conservatory, the School of Music earns its reputation as one of the best in the nation, offering a superb blend of full-time resident faculty, performance opportunities, state-of-the-arts facilities, access to liberal arts courses, and success in career placement. It’s a place where students work with world-class professionals every day to become world-class professionals themselves.
H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of The Jewish Theological Seminary are two schools devoted to Jewish musical studies. They train select advanced students as hazzanim (cantors) for congregational service or as teachers of Jewish music, choral directors, composers, or research scholars. The H. L. Miller Cantorial School awards the diploma of hazzan, and the College of Jewish Music awards the master’s degree in sacred music.
As a Music student, you will work closely with our dedicated faculty members and enjoy numerous performance opportunities, both at Juilliard and other leading concert halls and jazz clubs in New York City. You will also benefit from a diverse and challenging curriculum that includes specialized coursework in your chosen area, a wide range of elective courses, and an outstanding undergraduate Liberal Arts program.
Creative instrumental and vocal jazz studies are hallmarks of the LIU-Brooklyn Campus Music Department. Established over 25 years ago, and one of the first schools in the NYC area to offer a degree in jazz studies, our unique program offers students an invaluable opportunity to study with top professionals from the New York City area and beyond.
The LIU Post Department of Music provides a dynamic, intensive and supportive environment that will nurture your talent as a performer, music educator or scholar. Our conservatory-style program, within a liberal arts university, brings you a diverse array of performance and academic opportunities. We offer a full curriculum of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs taught by more than 70 nationally and internationally recognized performers, conductors, composers, researchers and music educators. The Department of Music offers a variety of public performance opportunities to showcase your skills and talents, including solo student recitals, workshops, master classes and concerts both on Campus and at major concert halls in New York City and abroad. Performance majors enjoy vibrant careers as composers, performers in Broadway shows, members of major orchestras and opera companies, and as music scholars and researchers. More than 95% of our music education majors obtain teaching positions following graduation.
Manhattan School of Music is at the heart of New York City’s vibrant Morningside Heights neighborhood, framed by bustling Broadway to the east, serene Riverside Park to the west, legendary Harlem to the north, and the City’s “Academic Acropolis” of neighboring colleges to the south. Our campus has been described by the New York Times as “one of the richest architectural compositions in the city,” including the 1910 seven-story main building and the G. Chris and SungEun Andersen Hall, a contemporary multi-use building and dormitory inaugurated in 2001. Our performance spaces embrace both history and cutting-edge technology, from the Art Deco gem of John C. Borden Auditorium to our groundbreaking Distance Learning Program streaming internationally from the William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall. Students from 44 states and 47 countries make Manhattan School of Music their home.
Manhattanville’s music programs offer broad opportunities both for the music major and the liberal arts student. It is in pursuing that dual purpose, to train future professionals and to serve the aesthetic needs of the liberal arts major, that the core philosophy of the Music Department is most apparent.
The music program at Molloy College is grounded in knowledge and quality instruction. We provide you with a curriculum that develops a thorough knowledge of theory, music history, style, technique, sensitivity and music expression. With our multi-dimensional learning experience, you will flourish and grow professionally and personally.
Welcome to Nazareth College Department of Music. The Department strives to integrate intensive studies in music (musicianship and performance), with professional programs and the liberal arts, to combine for a truly unique experience that will prepare students for careers in music and equip them with the skills to share the art of music in a variety of capacities.
The New School-Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
New York, NY
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The Music concentration within The Arts at Eugene Lang College is an innovative program for undergraduate music studies in a liberal arts context. This program explores the vibrant global diversity of contemporary musical life along with music’s broader social, cultural, political, and philosophical concerns. It also highlights creative musical thinking and music-making in the spirit of The New School’s significant history of modern experimentation in the arts.
Mannes, celebrating its 94th year, is a classical music conservatory dedicated to providing a comprehensive, world-class education to aspiring musicians via its undergraduate and graduate programs.
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is committed to excellence in undergraduate music education. The program is distinguished by our artist-as-mentor approach to classroom teaching; our progressive, innovative curriculum and focus on small-group performance; our superb faculty, a community of legendary musicians; our exceptionally talented students, who come from all over the world; and our location in New York City, the jazz capital of the world.
Since its establishment in 1923, the Department of Music at New York University has held a central position in American music scholarship. NYU faculty member Gustave Reese was one of the founding members of The American Musicological Society in 1934, and by mid-century the department had attracted a world-renowned group of scholars and musicians, from the pioneering musicologist Curt Sachs to the popular composer Percy Grainger. Building on this legacy, the Department established its ethnomusicology sub-field in 1978, and has since grown into one of the country’s most exciting, intellectually vibrant centers for the interdisciplinary study of music and sound. The NYU Department of Music offers studies in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and composition and theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. With its leading research faculty, the Department grants degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The Department also sponsors a colloquium series, musical ensembles, graduate and undergraduate concerts, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society concert series, and a range of interdisciplinary symposia/conferences. Our facilities include early and world music instrument collections, two cutting-edge technology labs that provide digital resources for composition and research, and the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media.
In 1968, Music and Performing Arts merged with New York College of Music, at that time, the oldest conservatory of music in New York City. Since then, Steinhardt Music and Performing Arts Professions has functioned as NYU’s “school” of music and developed into a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama). All undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Music Performance at NYU are located in Steinhardt. Over the years, in addition to degrees in Music Performance, Music Composition and Music Education, the Department expanded its offerings with fully accredited Programs in Music Business, Music Technology, Music Theatre, Educational Theatre, Dance Education, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Performing Arts Administration. It is an extraordinary feat that most of the degree programs just listed are internationally recognized and acclaimed in their area of specialization.
Nyack College Rockland campus is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, and its various degree programs are founded on the study of classical music from its earliest beginnings to its most contemporary forms. Music for worship is also woven through the curriculum since most of our students and alumni are active in ministries involving music. There are also opportunities to be part of contemporary worship through student-led vocal and instrumental groups on campus.
Nyack College, Manhattan is a commuter campus with the wonderful opportunities you would expect from downtown New York. We are right in the heart of it all—close to some of the greatest performing arts venues in the world–and you’ll love performing as part of a vital, growing Christian college. Getting to know the dedicated faculty and staff and working alongside other terrific, lively students, you’re going to have the experience of a lifetime.
Music courses are taught by full-time music faculty (see faculty page) and all applied lessons are taught by highly qualified, professional musicians. Students in all degree programs have equal opportunity and are required to perform in large and small ensembles. A hallmark of the music program at Roberts is that all music majors are expected to achieve a high level of performance. Roberts’ music majors graduating with performance, music education, and B.A. degrees are awarded graduate assistantships at nationally-recognized schools of music to pursue graduate work in music performance, conducting, music therapy, music education, and related fields.
The Music program is structured to integrate theory and practice. The student, in consultation with the faculty, plans the music program best-suited to his or her needs and interests. Advanced students may, with faculty consent, elect to take two-thirds of their course study in music.
The Department of Music offers courses in five areas of musical study: musicology/ethnomusicology, music theory, music technology, individual musical performance, and ensemble performance. These courses meet the needs of music majors and minors and students whose concentrations lie in other disciplines.
The music major at St. Bonaventure University is a liberal arts degree program, one that allows students to seriously satisfy individual creative inclination while providing the opportunity to increase aesthetic awareness and knowledge of art in general. Creative aptitude and skills are developed in a methodical manner while relating music’s history, trends, and current practices to those of other fields of study.
In keeping with the aims of a liberal education, the music department offers all students opportunities to expand their understanding of music and its place in society. Students actively engage diverse musical materials in a variety of contexts. In ensembles and private lessons, students mature as singers or instrumentalists, better understanding music by performing it. In courses, students develop critical skills for experiencing, creating and using music effectively and intelligently.
Welcome to the Department of Music at the University at Albany! We are a growing department that provides students with a variety of specialized B.A. programs which include Music, Electronic Music and Media, Performance, Vocal Performance, Composition, Conducting, Musicology, and Theory. Our programs offer not only a high level of instruction, but a unique degree of faculty attention and guidance.
State University of New York-Binghamton University
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Binghamton University’s Music Department offers a variety of programs that are designed to serve both students who are interested in majoring or minoring in music as well as students who want to keep music a part of their life through participation in ensembles, studio lessons or in the classroom.
The Buffalo State College Music Department has the finest quality undergraduate music education program in the SUNY system. We have a profound commitment to excellence in music studies and music teacher preparation.
The mission of the Music Department of the College at Oneonta is to encourage the individual student’s musical, artistic, intellectual, personal, and civic development. The Music Department and the College are dedicated to excellence in teaching, advisement, creative and scholarly activities, and the cultivation of an academic environment rich in opportunities for musical growth, personal challenge, and service. The Music Department provides education that will help students deal with the current and evolving realities of music and music-related professions, including consideration of ethical issues as they present themselves in the world of music and the general culture. The Music Department has developed its two majors, Music and Music Industry, to be programs that are separate but that contribute equally to the overall academic rigor and robustness of the department’s offerings. Each program has been designed to strengthen the other and to provide additional opportunity for quality of educational experience and student success.
Fredonia’s School of Music has a strong tradition of musical and teaching excellence. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, our school is a nationally-recognized undergraduate and graduate program in a comprehensive, liberal arts and sciences college of the State University of New York. Boasting some of the finest performance venues in Western New York, the student-centered campus emphasizes the arts with its programs and facilities, and the world-class faculty dedicate themselves to helping students become excellent musicians whether they pursue careers in education, performance or composition, sound recording, music therapy or music business. The broad range of majors in the School of Music provides students with many opportunities to experiment, perform, create and grow in preparation for successful careers of their choice.
The Department of Music works to encourage and inspire students in the study of music. The Majors of Music and Musical Theatre allow students to explore their areas of interest, while instilling them with a solid background in music theory, history and performance. The Department also hosts a variety of musical ensembles that immerse students in the art of music performance.
The Music Department is a part of the School of Fine & Performing Arts and has a large variety of liberal arts and professional courses to offer prospective students.
Imagine an immaculate, beautiful place; situated between Lake Ontario and the Oswego River, where beaches, hiking trails, cross-country and downhill skiing are all within a short drive. Where people still leave their doors unlocked, and where restaurant owners already know what you’ll order. Imagine an engaging, stimulating place where world-class artists meet with you in the afternoon, and then perform in the evening. Where academic and musical studies prepare you for anything: graduate work, a career in the music industry, teaching or performing.
Imagine yourself at the State University of New York at Oswego.
The SUNY Plattsburgh Music Program, through its many academic offerings, concerts, performance opportunities and lectures, provides experience, training, and guidance for scholars, performers, and listeners alike. Students in all majors can choose from a wide range of courses that include music technology, jazz, world music, and Western classical traditions.
SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music is a community of educators, musicians and scholars in an environment dedicated to helping every student achieve his or her career and life goals.
Play a part in this extraordinary musical community. For the serious, developing musician, the Conservatory of Music offers a unique educational experience—intensive training within the context of a spirited, supportive community. Your mastery and artistry will flourish here, among other extraordinary musicians all training for professional careers and focused on excellence.
The character of Stony Brook’s music department is largely due to the nature of our faculty. Faculty are chosen not only for their stature as performers, scholars, and composers, but also for their rapport with students, their ability to work cooperatively with their colleagues, and their commitment to the values of the department.
The UB Department of Music offers performers, composers, and scholars a stimulating interdisciplinary environment in which to develop their talents. The department is a showcase for world-renowned musicians—a diverse, energetic faculty with international reputations in composition, academic research, and musical performance. The Center for 21st-Century Music has been singled out as a Strategic Strength in the University’s impressive 2020 plan, and reflects the Department’s role as a forum for presenting and discussing cutting-edge music and scholarship.
Music has thrived at Syracuse University since 1877, when the Department of Music was founded and SU became the first university in the United States to grant a degree in music and require four years’ study in both music and theory. Now known as the Rose, Jules R., and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music, the school continues this proud tradition by offering professional-level training through six undergraduate and four graduate degree programs that allow talented musicians and future music industry leaders to excel both collectively and as individuals.
Eastman has long been known for the highest standards of performance, scholarship, creativity, and teaching. Its illustrious roster of alums serves as historic testament to a legacy that began some 80 years ago, founded on a simple cornerstone: “For the enrichment of community life.”
Formed in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program of opportunities to explore performance, composition, history, and theory in depth. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of fifteen, the department is able to support individual students in realizing their full musical potential.
Whether you are interested in music education, music performance, or studying and listening to various types of old and new music, the Music Department’s flexible curriculum allows you to create a personalized program following your own interests. In addition to instruction in the great traditions of Western art music and jazz, the department offers courses that explore music in its broader context in both Western and non-Western cultures. Many courses take advantage of the abundant and varied concert life in the New York region by including attendance at first-rate musical events in and about the city.
The Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music, the foremost center in the United States for the preservation of Jewish Music is dedicated to preparing aspiring professional Cantors, Ba’alei Tefillah, Music Educators and synagogue laymen as well, to serve the Jewish community throughout the world.