Not a music major but want to get involved? No sweat! There are plenty of opportunities for non-music majors to get involved at Syracuse University with the Setnor School of Music.

Ensembles

The Setnor School of Music offers a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles open to students of all majors across Syracuse University and the neighboring SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Some ensembles require an audition, while others are open to all.  For more information on ensembles, visit https://vpa.syr.edu/academics/music/ensembles/

Private Music Instruction

Private lessons with a faculty instructor are available for students (please note fees on the form). These lessons are intended for students who have some level of experience playing and can currently read music. See more information on private music instruction.

Classes

There are a number of classes available for beginning musicians or for those who wish to continue study.

  • Voice: AMC 110 – Voice Class for Beginners – Learn to sing.  Voice instruction for the beginning student.  Provides preparation for continued private lesson study. 2 credits. Offered every semester
  • Piano: AMC 120 – Piano Class for Beginners: Learn to play piano.  Piano instruction for the beginning student.  Provides preparation for continued private lesson study. 2 credits. Offered every semester
  • Guitar: AMC 160 – Guitar Class for Beginners:  Learn to play guitar.  Guitar instruction for the beginning student.  Provides preparation for continued private lesson study. 2 credits. Offered every semester
  • MTC 125 – Introductory Music Theory I.  Elementary note reading, meter, intervals; diatonic harmony including key signatures, major & minor scales, triads, 7th chords and accompanying chord symbols. For non-music majors only.
  • MTC 126 – Introductory Music Theory II.  Harmonic & melodic minor scales, compound intervals, modes, C clefs, symmetrical scales, dynamics, harmonic series, instrument transpositions, form, cadences, part writing. For non-music majors only

Changing Your Major

Want to change your major to music? Please check out the music degree programs offered.  An audition on your primary instrument will be required before admission can be considered.

Add a Minor

Maybe you’re interested in adding a music minor instead? Learn more about adding a music minor.