Become a lifelong learner and music educator

Why Our Program?

  • Our mission to provide an environment of excellence where you can develop the understanding and skills necessary to become a competent, independent teacher of music.
  • Our unique partnership with SU's School of Education gives you the flexibility to pursue both music and education coursework.
  • You will meet numerous nationally and internationally renowned resident and visiting artists. They often teach workshops and master classes, providing experiences and insight that both broaden and deepen your studies.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic VPA alumni.


Crouse College

The Setnor School of Music has classrooms and rehearsal spaces in Crouse College and Shaffer Art Building, as well as a recording studio in the Belfer Audio Archive of Syracuse University Libraries.

Learn more about the Setnor School's facilities

Visiting Artists

Of paramount importance in any music program is ongoing contact with professionals in the field of performance, industry, conducting, composing, and education. The Setnor School of Music offers a very active and diverse guest and visiting artist series of concerts, lectures, and presentations.

View a list of past visiting artists

Teacher Preparation Performance Data

Syracuse University
New York State Teacher Certification Examinations

Annual Institution Report
Program Completers Academic Year: 2015-2016

Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy

Assess. Code: 202
Name: Academic Literacy Skills Test
Number Tested: 84
Avg. Scaled Score: 541.45
Number Passed: 78
Pass Rate: 93%

Assess. Code: 201
Name: Educating All Students
Number Tested: 99
Avg. Scaled Score: 537
Number Passed: 98
Pass Rate: 99%

Music Academic Area

Assess. Code: 075
Name: Music CST
Number Tested: 11
Avg. Scaled Score: 250
Number Passed: 11
Pass Rate: 100%


Assess. Code: TP021
Name: K-12 Performing Arts
Number Tested: 11
Avg. Scaled Score: 50
Number Passed: 10
Pass Rate: 91%

For a full list of Syracuse University's teacher preparation performance data, see the School of Education website.