Are you passionate about music?

Turn your passion for music into a career! Our Music major and minor offer a balanced selection of courses in music history, performance, theory & literature. You will have numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in the study of music, both instrumental and vocal.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Music (BA)



Music Major Requirements

Music Theory (11 credits)

  • MUSC 120 Music Theory I* 4
  • MUSC 220 Music Theory II* 4
  • MUSC 320 Music Theory III/ Composition 3

Music History (8 credits)

  • MUSC 225 Music History I 4
  • MUSC 226 Music History II 4

Class Piano (4 credits)

  • MUSC 130 Class Piano I* 2
  • MUSC 131 Class Piano II* 2

Lessons (min. 8 credits)

  • MUSC 100-108 Applied Lessons 2-4
  • MUSC 300-308 Advanced Applied Lessons 4-8

Ensembles (0 credit; must participate in a major ensemble each semester)

  • MUSC 271-279 Ensembles 0

Capstone (1-4 credits)

  • MUSC 495 Senior Recital or Capstone Project 1-4

Electives (min. 8 credits)

  • MUSC 211 World Music 4
  • MUSC 212 American Music 4
  • MUSC 213 Intro to Jazz 2
  • MUSC 214 Reel Music in America: Music and Film 4
  • MUSC 215 History of Rock Music 4
  • MUSC 216 Queering the Pitch 2
  • MUSC 217 Cultural Competency in Music 4
  • MUSC 200 Special Topics 2-4

*Students may be exempt by placement exam

Other courses may be considered; must be approved by the Department Head in consultation with Music Dept.

Total minimum MUSC credit hours for major: 40

Requirements for the Music minor

  • MUSC 110 Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 120 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 130 Class Piano I
  • MUSC 131 Class Piano II
  • MUSC 271-279 Music Ensembles
  • MUSC 101-108; 301-308 Private Lessons (on primary instrument or voice)

Note: Technique classes such as Beginning Voice, MUSC 132, may be substituted for one semester of private lesson.

Select 4 credit hours from:

  • MUSC 200 Special Topics
  • MUSC 211 World Music
  • MUSC 212 American Music
  • MUSC 213 Introduction to Jazz
  • MUSC 214 Reel Music in America
  • MUSC 220 Music Theory I

Music majors may choose to complement their credits and pursue our MBA 4+1 program with our College of Business.

You may also choose to minor in Arts Management to complement your Music Major.

These additional opportunities will make you exceptionally attractive with positions available in arts management and administration as well as prepare you for the business of private studio teaching.

You will receive private lessons, ensemble coaching, have multiple performance opportunities and a wide variety of music courses through classroom instruction. You will have the option of completing a Senior Recital or a Capstone, an individually designed project in music.

Students (majors, minors and non-majors) and community members are welcome to join any of the ensembles below:

  • Chorus
  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber Music: Piano & String
  • Chamber Music: Guzheng
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pop-Music Ensemble
  • Sound Gathering Ensemble
  • Concert Band

For more information, please contact Monica Reginio.

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