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Bachelor of Arts in Music - General Music




What will I learn?

The Department of Music strives to educate students by providing a rigorous undergraduate core program in music within the liberal arts context. We aspire to promote integrated student learning through a diversity of offerings within the department and across the campus. Prospective students - majors and non-majors alike - will find a variety of liberal arts and professional courses as well as a full range of performing ensembles. We also offer an extensive series of on-campus concerts involving faculty members, guest performers, students, and student ensembles.

The department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Music, with concentrations in Classical Performance, Jazz Performance, and Recording & Electronic Music, as well as a general music program with broad elective offerings in music genres and history, classical and jazz performance, recording and electronic music, music therapy, and composition. All students majoring in Music are required to complete a minor or a second major in a subject other than music. A Music minor is also available. In graduate studies, we offer an acclaimed M.S. in Music Therapy. SUNY New Paltz is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Required Foundation courses.......................27 credits
MUS110 Introduction to Music Studies (1)
MUS141 / 142 / 143 / 144 / 145 / 146 / 162 Participation in Music Ensemble, by advisement: 4 semesters at 1 credit each (4)
MUS150 Concert Series attendance: 6 semesters (0)
MUS202 Piano 1 (2)
MUS203 Theory 1 (3)
MUS231 Sight Singing & Ear Training 1 (1)
MUS232 Sight Singing & Ear Training 2 (1)
MUS2xx Applied Music: 2 semesters at 2 credits each (4)
MUS331 Music to 1750 (3)
MUS333 Music Since 1750 (3)
MUS335 Sight Singing & Ear Training 3 (1)
MUS4xx Applied Music: 2 semesters at 2 credits each (4)

Additional required courses.........................13 credits
MUS204 Theory 2 (3)
MUS303 Theory 3 (3)
MUS301 Piano 2 (2)
MUS302 Piano 3 - Jazz (2) or MUS320 Keyboard Harmony & Improvisation (2)
MUS364 Form and Analysis (3) or MUS240 Introduction to Music Therapy (3)

Elective requirements....................................9 credits

Capstone requirements..................................5 credits
MUS432 Writing About Music (3)
MUS490 Senior Project Seminar (2)

Which department am I in?

School of Fine & Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (8 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$17,998.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2023


School of Fine & Performing Arts

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must earned with a 3.3 (3.5 preferred) GPA in Psychology courses and overall.

For international students

Students must have a high school degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or an 85% grade average or higher).

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL iBT – 80; IELTS - 6.5; PTE Academic – 58; Duolingo English Test – 105. Application Deadlines: December 1 for Spring semester (January start); May 1 for Fall semester (August start).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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