Music: Composition (M.M.), Conducting (M.M.), Music Education (M.M. or M.S.), Performance (M.M.), Suzuki Pedagogy (M.M.)
The School of Music educates prospective teachers, performers, and composers in master's programs designed to develop persons of professional competence. Six degrees are offered in five programs: Composition (M.M.), Conducting (M.M.), Music Education (M.M. or M.S.), Performance (M.M.), and Suzuki Pedagogy (M.M.). In addition, Ithaca College offers a summers-only Music Education program for working professionals who can complete their studies for either an M.M. or M.S. in three on-campus summers.
Ithaca College has trained and educated some of the country's finest musicians and educators since its founding as a music conservatory more than a century ago. Over 600 graduate and undergraduate music students from around the world benefit from an intense relationship with committed, nationally recognized professors. Personal attention is fostered by a low student-facuty ratio, an Ithaca hallmark.
In the best tradition of graduate music education, students gain expertise through private instruction, focused mentoring, and wide-ranging performances. Ensembles both large and small routinely perform, tour, record, entertain prominent guests, and hold master classes. Graduate students are welcomed, even expected, to be participants and leaders in these ensembles.
Ithaca College has superb performance and teaching facilities, which enhance the student's experiences. Completed in 1999, the James J. Whalen Center for Music added 69,000 square feet to the existing 72,000 square feet in Ford Hall, the Music School's home since 1965. Major spaces in the Whalen Center include:
- Recital halls
- Faculty teaching studios
- Piano and instrument repair facilities
- Computer labs
- State-of-the-art recording studios
The four-story atrium connecting the new construction to the original building is breathtaking, and the overall effect is one of beauty, functionality, and inspiration.
"The School of Music is a vibrant community of artist and scholar, working in superb facilities located in a region of great natural beauty. Graduate students have a wonderful opportunity to expand their knowledge and abilities within this community, working closely with faculty, with our outstanding undergraduates, and with each other."
Les Black, Chair of Graduate Studies in Music
# of Credits Required:
36 conducting; 32 Su
Tuition & Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour:
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Small Suburb
Size & Settings: 5,000 - 9,999