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***All music majors must meet with a departmental adviser at registration each semester in order to plan and approve their course schedule. Students are encouraged not to register online home alone in the dark. 

***Students who have questions regarding special areas of study should contact the appropriate advisers listed below. For e-mail links see the Faculty & Staff Profiles.

B.A. Program:
Professor Stephen Jablonsky; Shepard 80D; 650-7663
Dr. Orly Krasner; Shepard 80C; 650-7658  

Classical Instrumental Studies:
Professor Alison Deane; Shepard 78D; 650-7657

Classical Vocal Studies:
Professor Ira Spaulding; Shepard 80B; 650-7655  

Concert Coordinator:
Professor Alison Deane; Shepard 78D; 650-7657

Graduate Program:
Professor Chad Jenkins; Shepard 78B; 650-7666 

History and Literature:
Professor Chad Jenkins; Shepard 78B; 650-7666  

Jazz Supervisor:
Professor Scott Reeves; Shepard 72B; 650-7651

Jazz Instrumental Studies:
Professor Scott Reeves; Shepard 72B; 650-7651

Jazz Vocal Studies:
Professor Suzanne Pittson; Shepard 76A; 650-7656

Music and Audio Technology (Sonic Arts):
Professor Paul Kozel; Shepard 82D; 650-8217

Music Education:
Professor Stephen Jablonsky; Shepard 80D, 650-7663

Popular Music Studies:
Professor Jonathan Pieslak; Shepard 78A, 650-7665

Theory and Theory Practicum:

Professor Jonathan Pieslak; Shepard 78A; 650-7665

***Special Advisement
Professor Shaugn O'Donnell, the chairman of the department, is available most afternoons of the week to discuss any or all of the following:

1. Academic, financial, and/or personal problems that students may wish to share with a sympathetic listener.
2. Disputes between a student and their teacher.
3. General questions relating to career goals.
4. Graduation checks.
5. Suggestions for the improvement of the Music Department.

He may be reached at 212-650-7683 or


Music majors are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Those who fall below that number will be called in for a conference with the chair of the department to discuss ways of improving academic performance. The chair may recommend taking a particular course for better preparation, meeting with a tutor in the Writing Center, taking a course load lower than 15 credits, or other strategies for achieving academic success. All students should try to maintain the highest possible GPA in order to enhance their prospects for acceptance to graduate programs and other career opportunities. Generally, a grade of B in a music course is considered the minimum satisfactory grade. Grades below that indicate deficiencies that should be addressed without delay.

Students with a GPA lower than 2.0 will not be classified as music majors. Students need a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate from the college.


A student who withdraws from 12 credits or more within two academic years will be placed on academic warning; a student who drops 18 or more credits will be subject to dismissal. Dropping courses may cause a student to become ineligible for financial aid.


1. In order to move on to Theory 1 and Theory Practicum 1 students in Music 13100 and 16100 must earn the grade of B or better in both courses. A student who gets a grade of B- or below in either course will not be admitted to the BA or BFA Music Programs unless they get the approval of the chairman.

Rationale: These two courses are pre-college level and are good indicators of future success. A student whose grade is below B is usually unable to finish the music major in a reasonable period of time.

2. In order to advance in the theory and practicum sequence students must earn the grade of C+ or better in both courses. If one of the grades is a C the student may move on while on probation in that sequence. If a grade of C or below is earned in two consecutive semesters the student may not progress in the sequence until they prove by special examination that they are prepared to move on.

Rationale: Taking music courses should be a joyous and fruitful endeavor. Students who earn the grade of C or below generally fail the next course in the theory or practicum sequence unless there is serious remediation between semesters.

3. The grades of C minus and D will not be awarded in practicum or theory classes. If, by the end of the semester, a student has not successfully grasped the principles and practices of the course they will earn the grade of F. If a student has no reasonable chance of passing a course they should apply for a W (withdrawal without penalty). When a student just disappears they receive a WU (unofficial withdrawal, essentially an F for attendance).

Rationale: Students should be fully prepared to begin the work of the next course on the first day of classes. The challenges of theory and practicum increase in difficulty in each successive semester. Because there is so much to learn there is virtually no time to review the activities of the previous class.

4. A student who earns two failing grades in the same music course is barred from taking or auditing any music classes until an exemption test for that course is passed with a grade of B or better.

Rationale: Students who have little or no chance of finishing the major should be prevented from wasting time, energy, and money on a degree that may never be achieved.

5. Students who fail a theory practicum course may move to the next theory class while retaking the practicum class. Under no circumstances should the classes be more than one level apart. The reverse is not allowed—a student cannot move ahead in practicum if they have failed a theory course. Ideally, courses on the same level should be taken together.

Rationale: Students in theory practicum classes should be informed performers. This means that they use their knowledge of music theory to understand what is being asked of them in each assignment.

6. For all courses that serve as pre-requisites in the major the grade of INC must be resolved before the student registers for the next course in a sequence.

Rationale: Most courses in the major are pre-requisites for other courses because they prepare students for success in those subsequent courses. If a student registers for a subsequent course while they are still satisfying an antecedent course it is, in effect, a co-requisite, not a pre-requisite.

The Music Major

Students taking Music 13100, 16100, and/or Music 10100 are not considered music majors. When they have successfully completed (grade of B or better) or exempted those courses they may then file a Major Declaration Form with the department. In any case, you must declare a major before completing 60 credits. BA students use major code 145 and students accepted into a BFA program use 119.