City College of New York (CUNY)
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New York,NY 10031
Thank you for your interest in the Music Department at The City College of New York (CCNY). We have an outstanding music faculty that includes Jazz stars such as Steve Wilson, Tim Ries, and Jason Rigby as well as Pulitzer prize-winning composer, David Del Tredici. Students may work towards a BA degree in music, a BFA in performance (classical or jazz), or a BFA in audio technology (referred to as the Sonic Arts program). Students may also minor in education in conjunction with any music discipline which will lead to certification required for teaching in the New York State public school system K-12. Every year the department graduates about 45 outstanding majors in a variety of music disciplines. We are one of the leading jazz studies providers in the New York metropolitan area, specializing in both instrumental and vocal performance. We are also extremely proud of our audio technology program (Sonic Arts) that is second to none. The students in all areas, including those in the various BA tracks, are exposed to the highest level of instruction in theory, musicianship, music history, and performance. The most recent addition to our course offerings is our groundbreaking Pop Studies Track in our BA program. Our diverse ensembles include big band, jazz combos, vocal jazz ensemble, orchestra, chorus, chamber music, Brazilian ensemble, rock ensemble, Klezmer band, and Latin band. Added to this, the cultural and musical environment of New York City is an education unto itself. No audition is required to become a BA music major but performance on some instrument is highly recommended. Students wishing to major in either classical or jazz performance must audition during our on-campus auditions in October (for spring acceptance) or March (for fall acceptance) or by CD or DVD prior to those dates if coming to New York is not feasible. ALL PROSPECTIVE MUSIC STUDENTS SHOULD FIRST APPLY FOR ADMISSION TO THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK AS A GENERAL STUDENT. Our student body is representative not only of the greater New York area, but many areas of the United States, Europe, the Middle East, South America, the Caribbean and Asia. Many of our graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves in the areas of music performance, recording, composition, teaching and research. At present we have over 300 music majors, many of whom are second degree or non-traditional students.
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