The Setnor School of Music is organized into the following departments that oversee the school’s degree programs, lessons, and other offerings.

Applied Music and Performance

The Department of Applied Music and Performance provides degrees in performance, conducting, and voice pedogogy, 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.


Steven Heyman
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Music Composition, Theory, and History

The Department of Music Composition, Theory, and History emphasizes contemporary art music, ranging from traditional approaches to electronic music composition and experimental directions.

The department offers professional degree programs in composition at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as courses in music theory, composition, computer music, and music history courses for music majors and Syracuse University students.

Undergraduate composers are eligible to receive a number of opportunities in financial aid, including full scholarships from the Setnor School. Graduate composers may apply for teaching assistantships or the Heaton Fellowship in Composition. All of these may include full tuition plus a stipend.


Joseph Downing
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Music Education

The Department of Music Education oversees undergraduate and graduate programs in music education in conjunction with Syracuse University’s School of Education.

Students who complete our undergraduate program have the option to continue their education in our fifth-year master’s program in music education.

A number of graduate assistantships are available to graduate music education students. These range from graduate teaching assistantships to graduate office work in the facilities or orchestra offices.


John Coggiola
Associate Professor and Department Chair

Music Industry & Technologies

The Department of Music Industry & Technologies provides both music and non-music degree programs in music industry and offers courses and minors in music industry for all music majors and other qualified Syracuse University students.


The department’s academic offerings include:

Student Record Labels

Syracuse University Recordings (SUR) and Marshall Street Records (MSR) are student-operated music companies.

These hands-on learning environments are the operational component of our Music Enterprise Laboratory, a credit-bearing class. Students record and release music, promote live events, and market merchandise. They have negotiated, recorded, manufactured, and marketed 25 CD releases as well as numerous digital-only projects. In 2012, they marketed, promoted, and helped produce a sold-out concert with Ra Ra Riot in Setnor Auditorium.

SUR and MSR are financially self-sustaining. Students use revenue from their activities to launch and fund new projects. They maintain standards of high quality performances, production values, and decency while being ever-mindful of the bottom line.


William DiCosimo
Associate Professor and Department Chair