The Department of Applied Music and Performance provides degrees in performance and conducting and offers all of the private lessons and ensembles for all music majors. 

Lessons and ensembles are also available to all Syracuse University students. The department is comprised of areas based on instrument families and ensembles and offers minors in jazz studies, performance, and private music study.


In addition to lessons and classes designed for undergraduate and graduate piano and organ performance majors, the keyboard area offers piano classes for beginners and private lessons in piano, jazz piano, organ, and harpsichord for intermediate and advanced students from all majors across campus.

As an undergraduate keyboard student in Setnor, you have a bachelor of music (B.Mus.) degree in performance as one of your options. Our other undergraduate degree programs—B.Mus. degrees in composition, music education, music industry, sound recording technology, and a bachelor of arts degree in music—also offer you the chance to combine serious music studies with a myriad of academic interests. For graduate keyboard students, we offer a master of music degree in performance with emphases in solo performance or collaborative arts. Your studies are complemented by numerous performing opportunities and the prominent artists who come to campus to give master classes and recitals.

All keyboard students are encouraged to broaden their education and experiences beyond the Setnor School of Music. Because the school is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Syracuse University, students may take courses in such areas as communication, engineering, the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, among many others.


Ida Tili-Trebicka
Professor of Practice


In addition to lessons and classes designed for undergraduate and graduate string performance majors, the strings area offers guitar classes for beginners and private lessons on guitar, harp, and all orchestral string instruments for intermediate and advanced students from all majors across campus. 

There is also a thriving chamber music program for string ensembles to have coachings with a faculty member on string chamber music. Each semester offers a chamber music concert with quartets and quintets from all periods, including Shostakovitch, Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Beethoven, and many others. Other performance opportunities include the SU Symphony Orchestra, which offers students from across the University the chance to perform in a large ensemble.

The strings area hosts master classes and guest artists as frequently as is possible, including during the monthly String Area Convocation, in which all Setnor students are enrolled each semester.


Laura Bossert
Assistant Professor


In addition to lessons and classes designed for undergraduate and graduate voice performance majors, the voice area offers private lessons for music majors and musical theater majors, a voice class for non-majors, and elective private lessons when studio space is available, supplemented by master classes with guest artists, classes in diction and vocal pedagogy, voice area convocations, degree recitals, coaching with Setnor faculty, and numerous performance opportunities on and off campus.

What distinguishes vocal study at the Setnor School is its supportive, inclusive environment within the context of a great university. If you are an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing a career in performance, ours is an ideal learning environment that nurtures and challenges individual singers to grow as a total musicians, preparing them for competitive graduate programs and beyond. Although they constitute a small minority of the student population, the Setnor School greatly values its graduate voice students and looks to them for leadership in a variety of its activities.


Janet Brown
Professor of Practice and Area Coordinator


In addition to lessons and classes designed for woodwind, brass, and percussion majors, the woodwinds, brass, and percussion area offers lessons on all band instruments for intermediate and advanced students from all majors across campus.

The area offers applied music lessons in bassoon, flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, euphonium, horn, tuba, and percussion. There are also opportunities for students to perform in various ensembles, including chamber music groups, wind and brass quintets, Baroque chamber music, and one of the University bands (Wind Ensemble or Concert Band).

The area also meets regularly for a convocation to provide faculty and guest artist master classes.


Bradley Ethington
Professor and Area Coordinator