Degree Programs


The Department of Music offers two degree programs for undergraduate students. The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance provides a comprehensive program of study, including music theory, music history, and instrumental and vocal performance. The Bachelor of Arts degree, combined with other areas of study, prepares students for further study in music and music-related careers.

Music majors and minors may receive private instruction in all standard orchestral instruments, as well as piano, organ, harpsichord, classical guitar, and voice. Instructors include faculty artists and members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

New music plays an important role in the activity of the department, allowing music students a unique opportunity to start their careers on music's leading edge. The department offers more than 125 public performances each year as an extension of the academic program. A wide range of performance opportunities is available to students. These include participation in the University at Buffalo Chorus, Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, or Pep Band, as well as numerous chamber ensembles.

The following links provide specific information regarding programs of study for undergraduate degrees, including course requirements and music electives.

For information on undergraduate admissions and applications, click here.


The following links provide specific information regarding programs of study for graduate degrees in Composition, Music History, Music Theory, and Performance, including course requirements, language requirements, comprehensive examinations, retention standards, and thesis or dissertation requirements.

For information on graduate admissions and applications, click here.

For additional information about the various programs and faculty at the University at Buffalo, see the Composition, Historical Musicology, Music Librarianship, Music Theory, or Performance pages.