Learn from accomplished professors and educators in a very personalized program. Focus on the aspects of the music business that interest you most, such as performance, history, theory, music technology and recording, jazz studies, expressive arts therapy and arts management.

You’ll find numerous performance opportunities in credit-bearing musical organizations and in private studio instruction open to all qualified students regardless of major. Develop comprehensive musicianship through two years of music theory, three semesters of music history, one year of piano proficiency, and a minimum of two years of applied studio instruction and ensemble performance.

Launch your career


Develop your talent in private or group lessons; at Oswego, they’re available on all instruments and voice, taught by talented faculty. Apply to join one of two large choirs, or select vocal ensemble, orchestra, wind ensemble or jazz band. Gain musical theatre and operatic experiences through our collaborations with the theatre department. Excel, and you may be eligible to join Mu Beta Psi, a national honorary music fraternity, or Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society.


Opportunities include

  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Audio design and production

Graduate studies may include

  • Master’s/advanced music programs
  • Sound recording
  • Production
  • Education


Tyler Hall, the music department’s home base, contains a 500-seat theatre, two large rehearsal rooms, many practice rooms, a state-of-the-art digital piano lab, a fully equipped multi-station computer MIDI lab, a music learning center and a digital multi-track based recording studio.

“I have a deep love for everybody in this music faculty. I think everyone, without exception, puts in hours that they do not have to to make our department greater than it was three years ago when I got here.”

— Andrew Friedman ’11