Music has always been a global phenomenon, and at the Setnor School of Music, we believe global study experiences are important for students in order to help them prepare for their life and career in the music world. The global opportunities are designed specifically for music majors to help them get the most out of the experience and to complete their coursework without interruption to graduation timelines.
For a number of years, students in Samba Laranja, the Syracuse University Brazilian Ensemble, have had the opportunity to travel to Brazil during Spring Break, taking the trip for credit or traveling as a member of the ensemble. While in Brazil, the groups have given performances both in schools and to more general audiences.
Setnor School of Music students in the B.A. and B.M. degree programs who wish to study abroad have a unique opportunity to spend the spring semester of their sophomore year in Strasbourg, France, in a program designed for music majors. The program combines the faculty and resources of SU Abroad with our partner institution, the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. Students in the program continue their core music classes in music theory, ear training, world music, and French at the SU Strasbourg Center, and take private lessons and perform in ensembles at the Conservatoire. Students live with French families, attend a variety of professional music performances during the semester, take weekend excursions to sites of interest, and spend a couple of weeks touring important music sites in Paris and throughout Central Europe.
Students in the B.M. in music industry program have the opportunity to travel to London for a semester as part of their studies through the Setnor School of Music. London serves as a major center for commercial music outside of the United States and is a perfect location for those students interested in the industry, where they take courses in Global Commerce and Law for the Entertainment and Music Industry and International Communications at the SU London Center and participate in an internship with a music corporation in London.
Students in the B.M. in music industry have the option to spend a semester Los Angeles, a capital of the entertainment world. They take classes at SULA and also participate in an internship with a music or entertainment company.
New York City
The Gilbert Week: NYC Seminar for Music Professions is a week-long immersion program in New York City for students in the Setnor School of Music. Students learn about career opportunities in music by meeting and learning from arts professionals and visiting some of the world’s leading performing arts institutions and organizations. Gilbert Week is held during Spring Break.
Though the above programs are designed to work within the structure of our degree programs, they are certainly not the only options. SU Abroad also offers semester- or yearlong opportunities at 30 foreign universities in many other countries, including Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, Turkey and Russia. SU Abroad-supported programs in Africa include options in Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, and Tanzania.