Music - Requirements

Students may choose one of the following majors or minors:

  • Music Major with a Concentration in Classical Music
  • Music Major with a Concentration in Jazz/Popular Music
  • Music Minor with a Concentration in Classical Music
  • Music Minor with a Concentration in Jazz/Popular Music
  • Music Major with a Minor in K-12 Music Education

Performing Ensembles

For information about performance ensembles, students are encouraged to contact Dr. Laura Nash, Music Program Director.

Applied Music Lessons

The department provides private lesson instruction for all interested students and University members in most areas of music performance. Instruction carries an extra charge beyond tuition and includes 10 private lessons per semester. Students may enroll for 45-minute lessons and earn 1 credit or one-hour lessons and earn 2 credits. Lesson times are arranged individually with the instructor.

These credits do not count towards the 38 three-credit courses required for graduation. Students interested in registering for lessons must do so before the end of the Add/Drop period as identified on the University Academic Calendar. More information and registration forms are available from the Department Coordinator in Canisius Hall, Room 3. For more information, please contact Dr. Laura Nash.

Lesson fees for the 2010-2011 academic year are:

Ten - one-hour lessons: $575 (two credits) 
Ten - 45-minute lessons: $500 (one credit)

Music Major

Courses are grouped into three categories:  American, Experiential, and European.  All majors must take:

  • at least two courses from each category and one of these must be at the 200-level*
  • at least one course at the 300-level course
  • at least one course must emphasize pre-20th century music.
  • the remaining credits to complete a 30-credit major may be fulfilled with a combination of:
    • internship
    • independent study
    • additional course(s) from any of the three areas
    • performing credits (no more than 6 performing credits may count towards the major, but a student may accumulate more than 6 credits.)

Music Major with a Minor in K-12 Music Education

Students majoring in music may also minor in K-12 music education (see catalog entry for Program in Education). Please contact Dr. Laura Nash or the chair of the Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department in GSEAP for additional information about becoming certified in music education.  In addition to required ED courses and student teaching, the follow­ing Music Courses are required: MU 360, MU 361, MU 362, and MU 363.

Qualified students minoring or majoring in music are given preferred admission status in the graduate edu­cation programs and are warmly invited to consult about options with their advisors and with the chair of the Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation Department in GSEAP about this opportunity.