Music Department: Degree Programs

Music department offerings are designed to provide a wide range of experiences in music history and literature, music theory, and performance. Music history and literature deals with music of all periods and its place within historical, political, and cultural developments. Music theory is the study of the components and structure of music. Performance makes the score come alive as one of the performing arts. All music classes and lessons are open to qualified students, regardless of major. Unlike most music schools or departments, there is no additional cost to students for private studio lessons.

Although 36 hours of music are required for the major, up to 48 hours may be taken and credited toward the 122 hours required by SUNY-Oswego for graduation. Indeed, many music majors take more than 48 hours of music credits. Please note, however, that the total number of credits for graduation (122) will need to increase by the same number of music hours over 48.

Important note for music majors and minors: Not all courses are offered every semester. It is essential that you meet with your advisor every semester for advice on staying in a proper sequence of courses. Failure to do this may result in you not being able to complete your degree in the time that you are expecting to do so.