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Welcome to the Music Department

You may navigate this website and find out about any of the programs listed below by using the links in the gray box to the left of this message.

Thank you for your interest in the Music Department at The City College of New York (CCNY). Students may work towards a BA degree in music, a BFA in performance (classical or jazz), or a BFA in audio technology (referred to as the Sonic Arts program). Students may also minor in secondary education in conjunction with any music discipline which will lead to certification required for teaching in the New York State public school system K-12. Whichever program you choose, we know you will be excited by the challenges provided by our world-class faculty and the talented students who will populate your classes and ensembles.

We are one of the leading jazz studies providers in the New York metropolitan area, specializing in both instrumental and vocal performance. We are also extremely proud of our audio technology program (Sonic Arts) that is second to none. The students in all areas, including those in the various BA tracks, are exposed to the highest level of instruction in theory, aural skills, music history, and performance. The most recent addition to our course offerings is our groundbreaking Pop Studies Track in our BA program. Our diverse ensembles include big band, jazz combos, vocal jazz ensemble, chorus, chamber music, Brazilian ensemble, rock ensemble, and Latin band. Added to this, the cultural and musical environment of New York City is an education unto itself.

No audition is required to become a BA music major, but performance on some instrument is highly recommended, and passing our Theory Placement Exam is required before gaining entrance to required major courses. Students wishing to major in either classical or jazz performance must audition during our on-campus auditions in October (for spring acceptance) or March (for fall acceptance), or by CD or DVD prior to those dates if coming to New York is not feasible. Further details on the audition process will be sent by a separate email and information is also available elsewhere on this website. To reserve a live audition time, please contact our administrative assistant at (212) 650-5411 or by email. The Sonic Arts Program does not require an audition, but it does have its own application process.

For all information pertaining to the application process, please see the Admissions Office website. If you have any questions about that process, please contact them directly. The Music Department is not involved in the general CCNY admissions process; we are only responsible for the musical components (auditions and placement exams) after acceptance by the college itself.

Our student body is representative not only of the greater New York area, but many areas of the United States, Europe, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean and Asia. Many of our graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in the areas of music performance, recording, composition, teaching and research. At present we have over 300 music majors, many of whom are second degree or non-traditional students.

The campus is conveniently located near the A/D and 1/9 subway lines and students commute from all five boroughs. The music department is in historic Shepard Hall, at the corner of 138th Street and Convent Avenue, between Amsterdam Avenue and St. Nicholas Terrace. City College is also close to the George Washington Bridge and is an easy commute from New Jersey, as well as Connecticut and up-state New York. City College now offers on-campus dormitory housing at The Towers located at the south end of our campus. The Towers may also be accessed through the link on the CCNY website or by calling (212) 650-8977. To ensure a place in the Towers apply early.

We are delighted that you are interested in our department and hope to see you in New York!