Syracuse University

College of Visual and Performing Arts



Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY 13244

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Mus. - Conducting; M.Mus. - Music Composition; M.Mus. - Organ; M.Mus. - Percussion; M.Mus. - Piano; M.Mus. - Strings; M.Mus. - Voice; M.Mus. - Wind Instruments; M.S. - Music Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In the Setnor School of Music, our philosophy of graduate education focuses on preparing students for lifelong careers in the world of music and music education. We challenge you to take your musicianship to the next level, with private study and collaborative music-making in small and large group settings. We also challenge you to think critically about music and expand your horizons in the arts and humanities. This professionally oriented approach prepares our graduate students for positions of vital importance in the music world and as music educators in public schools and colleges. We offer the following programs in music: Composition: The Setnor School of Music offers a master of music (M.M.) degree program in composition. You will study privately with our prestigious faculty and also meet weekly in the Composer's Symposium to discuss current issues and visit with guest composers. Conducting: Our comprehensive master of music (M.M.) degree program in conducting trains you in performance practice and rehearsal techniques in an open, positive atmosphere. Because of the diverse interests of our students, the program is designed to allow you to explore conducting in several different settings, including orchestral, wind, choral, and musical theater. Music education: In conjunction with SU's School of Education, we offer a music education preparation program leading to the master of science (M.S.) degree for those students with an undergraduate major in music but not in music education who seek teacher certification. Music education also offers two professional certification master’s degree programs for those who hold New York State initial certification in music and want to meet academic requirements for professional certification. Performance: Our master of music (M.M.) degree programs in the performance areas of organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and wind instruments promote the attainment of high levels of performance in addition to the skills necessary to enter the professional music world. Music and entertainment industries: The Department of Music and Entertainment Industries offers a one year professional master of arts (M.A.) program in audio arts. Taught in conjunction with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, audio arts will prepare students for a career in music and media.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; National Association of Schools of Music

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

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