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 (as above)

Concentration courses..................................25 credits
MUS141 / 142 / 143 / 144 / 145 / 146 / 162 Participation in Music Ensemble, by advisement: 2 additional semesters (2)
MUS210 Jazz Improvisation Workshop (2)
MUS302 Piano 3: Jazz & Popular Styles (2)
MUS310 Jazz Theory 1 (3)
MUS311 Jazz Theory 2 (3)
MUS312 Jazz Instrumentation & Arranging (3)
MUS410 Jazz Improvisation Workshop (2)
MUS4xx Applied Music: 4 semesters at 2 credits each (8)

Capstone requirements..................................1 credit
MUS483 Senior Recital (1)

Which department am I in?

School of Fine & Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (8 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$17,998.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


School of Fine & Performing Arts

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To qualify for the BS in Electrical Engineering + MS in Electrical Engineering program, students must have completed the first semester of their junior year in residence at SUNY New Paltz with an overall SUNY New Paltz GPA of at least 3.0.

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.


About State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an affordable yet high-quality university offering a diverse range of programs.

  • Affordable, high-quality university
  • Small class sizes with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Builds future professionals with lasting skills
  • Academic English pathway program available

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