Welcome to the Music Department
Thank you for your interest in the Music Department at The City College of New York. We offer the following degrees:
- B.A. in Music
- B.F.A in Jazz Performance (instrumental or vocal)
- B.F.A. in Sonic Arts (music and audio technology)
- B.F.A. in Classical Vocal Performance
- B.F.A. in Classical Instrumental Performance
We also offer courses in popular music, composition, numerous ensembles, and much more. Whichever program you choose we know you will be excited by the challenges provided by our outstanding faculty and talented students. Our student body is representative of not only 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 approximately 300 music majors, many of whom are second degree or non-traditional students. And the cultural and musical environment of New York City is always an education unto itself!
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PROSPECTIVE MUSIC STUDENTS MUST FIRST APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK AS A GENERAL STUDENT.
For all information pertaining to the application process and admissions requirements, 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, portfolios, and exams) after acceptance by the college itself.
No audition is required to become a B.A. music major, but performance on some instrument is highly recommended, and passing our Music Placement Exam is required before gaining entrance to required music major courses. Students wishing to major in either jazz or classical 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 City is not possible. Please see the links at the left for more information about specific audition requirements and procedures for your area of interest. The Sonic Arts program requires no audition, but does have its own second-tier application process; please see their website for all the necessary information.
The campus is conveniently located near the A/D and 1/9 subway lines and students commute from all five boroughs and beyond. 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.
We're delighted that you're interested in our music programs and hope to see you in New York City soon!