Music majors/minors:
Prospective students wishing to become music majors or minors must audition on their main instrument or voice type. Auditions are generally held in the spring of the year during Open House days. A theory placement test is usually given during the same visit so that we can determine the appropriate place for the student to enter our theory sequence.

About us

Oswego's music program, which offers bountiful hands-on learning opportunities, is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Through its four components -- music history and literature, music theory, applied studio study and ensemble performance -- it provides both music and non-music majors with many opportunities to study and perform.

You can learn to play an instrument, participate in various performing groups, compose music, explore audio production/technology, take courses in music theory or literature and attend concerts presented throughout the year.

Student resources

Students taking Individual Instruction (Applied Voice, Piano, Strings, etc.) are charged $30.00 per credit hour per semester. This fee covers master classes, music, accompanying, rental fees, etc.


Whether you play an instrument or prefer vocal performance, the music department offers many opportunities for all students to participate in large or small ensembles. You do not need to be a music major or minor to be in the ensembles. In fact, the majority of the students playing in the ensembles are not music majors or minors.

Student music organizations

Mu Beta Psi is a national honorary musical fraternity. Membership is open to both men and women. It is a service fraternity encouraging fellowship among musicians and is devoted to the study and performance of music. They assist the department in a myriad of ways.

Pi Kappa Lambda is a national music honor society. It offers membership by nomination of faculty society members, based on outstanding scholarly achievement and musicianship.

Individual and group instruction

New and returning music majors:
Please contact your applied instructor (below) for private lessons. You must audition, schedule a lesson time AND register for credit IMMEDIATELY once classes begin. Forfeiture of your place in their studio may occur should you not deal with this in a timely manner.


Scholarships and giving opportunities

The Music Department has a Music Excellence Fund and several scholarship accounts held at the Oswego College Foundation. The Music Department Excellence Fund is a flexible fund that can be used to support new initiatives, guest artists and speakers, equipment and advertising for the Music Department. Scholarship accounts are used to support music majors and minors who are active in our program

To make a contribution: