The Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University offers professional-level training through challenging and relevant degree programs that allow talented musicians and future music industry leaders to excel both collectively and as individuals. An audition is required for admission.

Our Undergraduate Programs

Music (B.A.)
Our bachelor of arts program offers you the opportunity to work extensively in music while devoting more time to liberal arts studies. You can pursue minors and double majors, which can help prepare you for a variety of careers. You may choose a course of primary applied study on your instrument or voice in either the classical or jazz/commercial music tradition.

Composition (B.M.)
Our composition program offers committed composers opportunities to develop a wide range of musical skills through performance, training in music theory and music history, and a comprehensive study of instrumentation and orchestration. You will study all aspects of contemporary composition, including concert music, digital synthesis, scoring for film and video, and working with interactive media.

Music Education (B.M.)
Offered in partnership with the University’s School of Education, our music education program nurtures and develops optimal teaching competencies; artistry and musicianship; and philosophical, theoretical, and historical perspectives of music and music education. In addition, you will develop a knowledge and understanding of inclusive and diverse environments that may include students of all levels of ability. You may choose a course of primary applied study on your instrument or voice in either the classical or jazz/commercial music tradition.

Music Industry (B.M. or B.M./MBA)
Our music industry program will help you develop a high level of music competency while learning about the theoretical and practical activities of the music business. Qualified sophomores have the option of applying to the master of business administration (MBA) program in the University’s Whitman School of Management, thus completing a five-year, double degree. You may choose a course of primary applied study on your instrument or voice in either the classical or jazz/commercial music tradition.

Performance (B.M.)
We offer programs in the performance areas of organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and wind instruments that stress the development of technical skills, repertory, poise, and overall musicianship. Your studies will include work in your principal and secondary performing areas, music history, and various ensembles.

Sound Recording Technology (B.M.)
This program provides technologically inclined musicians with the practical and theoretical background needed for success in today’s music production industry. You’ll take coursework in music, acoustics, sound production, new media design, computer science, and mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on audio engineering as a technical-artistic field. You may choose a course of primary applied study on your instrument or voice in either the classical or jazz/commercial music tradition.