Department: Music


The Music Department offers students the chance to explore musical expression through performance and academic study. Opportunities to learn from some of the best theorists, musicologists and ethnomusicologists in the field exist alongside exciting performance opportunities for every playing and singing ability. All undergraduate music majors include training in performance, aural skills, music theory, and music history, in the context of a strong liberal-arts degree program. Many other subjects, including composition, arranging, computer music, and ethnomusicology are available as electives. The undergraduate programs provide both the foundation for further study of any area of music and a liberal-arts background that can serve as a basis for careers in other fields.

Our ensembles include College Choir, Chamber Singers, Opera, Jazz Vocal Workshop, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz and Popular Music Combos, Chamber Music, and the Hunter Symphony. The BA degree can be completed evenings or days. In addition, the department sponsors numerous extracurricular events, including concerts, lectures, and master classes. Private lessons in instruments and voice are provided to all performance majors and many other music majors by a distinguished roster of performance teachers. Financial aid is available to qualified performance majors and other majors who need to study with private teachers not on the staff.

What can I do with my degree in Music?

Graduates of the department go on to a variety of careers in music and beyond. Graduates of the BA/MA dual degree program in  Music/Music Teacher Education Pre-K-12 - BA/MA are qualified to teach in the public elementary and high schools of New York State.

Teacher Education Pathway

Students planning to teach this subject in grades 7-12 should look at the School of Education: Program List  for information about their programs that lead to the recommendation for New York State Initial Certification required to be a lead teacher in NYS public schools.

Graduate Study

Seniors of high academic standing who are recommended by the department may be permitted to take graduate courses for undergraduate credit. Seniors within 9 credits of graduation may apply to the Admissions Office for permission to take graduate courses creditable toward the MA degree.


Department Office:

416 North
fax: (212)772-5022
Web site:


Suzanne Farrin
417 North
212 772-5026

Department Office:

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
416 North
(212) 772-5020
fax: (212) 772-5022