2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Music BA

Music

226 Baird Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4700
716-645-2758
716-645-6196
www.music.buffalo.edu
Jonathan Golove
Chair
Stephanie Vander Wel
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Karen A. Sausner
Director of Student Programs
(HEGIS: 10.05 MUSIC-LIBERAL ARTS PROG, CIP: 50.0901 Music, General)

Why study Music BA at UB?

The Department of Music offers performers, scholars and composers a stimulating and exciting environment in which to develop their talents in the performance, creation, and academic study of music. The faculty is comprised of internationally known soloists, ensemble musicians, orchestral players, composers, music theorists, and historical musicologists committed to preparing students for careers in music. Our goal is to provide a diverse array of courses that will help students build strong foundations in music.

The department hosts world-renowned visiting artists throughout the year, offering students free admission to a full season of concerts and the opportunity to participate in guest master classes with performers, composers, and scholars.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will acquire strong foundations in Performance, Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory.
  • The curriculum exposes students to innovative approaches in creating music, music analysis, and understanding the historical and cultural importance of music.
  • Students will be able to pursue careers in performance and teaching and be well positioned to pursue advanced degrees in composition, musicology, and music theory. 
  • Given our strengths in contemporary music, students will have many opportunities to start their careers in music’s leading edge as performers, composers, and scholars.

The Learning Environment

In the Music Department, students will experience a low teacher to student ratio within a dynamic and personal learning environment. Students will work with faculty who are active and renowned performers and scholars. Apart from individual lessons, the Music Department offers small music history and music theory classes so that students are given every opportunity to thrive in an academic setting. Students will find themselves apart of a close-knit community, forming lasting professional connections and friendships among their peers. Music majors and minors are well supported through advising and faculty mentoring. Students will have opportunities to pursue internships that will connect them to Buffalo’s active cultural and musical environment.

About Our Facilities

The Music department is housed in two adjoining buildings: Baird Hall and Slee Hall. Baird Hall facilities include a multi-purpose recital/rehearsal room, classrooms, 45 practice rooms, teaching studios, administrative and faculty offices, a student lounge, the Music Library, a band rehearsal room, a fully-equipped computer music classroom, and a full percussion corridor, including a percussion teaching studio, practice rooms, and two percussion ensemble rehearsal rooms.

Slee Hall offers the 750-seat Lippes Concert Hall with its three-manual and pedal Fisk tracker pipe organ, composition teaching studios, an orchestra rehearsal room, a recording studio, state-of-the-art computer music studios, and the concert/box office.

About Our Faculty

The faculty at the University at Buffalo Department of Music is comprised of internationally known soloists, ensemble musicians, orchestral players, composers, music theorists, and historical musicologists committed to preparing students for careers in music. The department's modest size insures that students receive a high degree of individual instruction and supervision from 12 full time professors, 16 adjunct professors, and 16 teaching assistants. Members of the music faculty currently hold prestigious appointments such as Slee Chair, the Birge Cary Chair, and the Ziegele Chair.

Faculty biographies and recent activities can be found here.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Most music students continue their studies at the master's level, and some continue on to the doctorate. Some of the following career opportunities require advanced degrees, while others may be possible with only the bachelor's degree.

  • Accompanist
  • Applied music instructor
  • Arranger
  • Audio engineer
  • Band musician
  • Choral conductor
  • Church/synagogue musician
  • College music professor
  • Composer  - Arranger
  • Concert soloist
  • Conductor
  • Conservatory or music school instructor
  • Music critic
  • Music director
  • Music editor
  • Music librarian
  • Music producer
  • Music salesperson
  • Music teacher
  • Music technologist
  • Music therapist
  • Opera singer
  • Orchestra musician
  • Organ builder
  • Organist/choir director
  • Performer
  • Piano tuner/technician
  • Private music instructor
  • School band director
  • Songwriter
  • Symphony orchestra musician
  • Vocalist

Academic Advising

The Director of Student Programs is the advisor for all music majors. Students should schedule meetings with the director every semester prior to registration for purposes of advisement and assistance concerning academic progress. For an appointment call (716) 645-2758, email kp58@buffalo.edu, or visit 226 Baird Hall. Telephone appointments available.

As students progress in the program and have specific questions about course study, they can also seek advice from the Director of Undergraduate Studies. For an appointment, email slv5@buffalo.edu.

Academic Advising Contact Information

The Director of Student Programs is the advisor for all music majors. Students may schedule meetings with the director for purposes of advisement and assistance in all areas of academic concern.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Department of Music offers scholarships to qualified students. Scholarship decisions are based on portfolios, recommendations, and other support materials. Departmental scholarships are made possible by endowments from the Cameron Baird Fund, Charles & Eunice Buell Fund, John Lund Memorial Fund, D. Bernard and Jill L. Simon Music Scholarship, Malyak Fund, Richard Cuthbert Fund, WPHD Fund, Clifton Fund, Elizabeth Remington Olmstead Fund, Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman Fund, Baird Opera Fund, and the John Hunt Fund. Additionally, the Department of Music receives special funding from the Garahee Foundation to aid talented students.

Scholarship awards are determined by application to the department and portfolio materials.

The Millonzi Scholarship: A select number of music applicants are nominated for this award through the Honors College. They must possess outstanding musical talent and meet the academic requirements of: SAT 1230 and a minimum GPA of 3.6.

Music

226 Baird Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4700
716-645-2758
716-645-6196
www.music.buffalo.edu
Jonathan Golove
Chair
Stephanie Vander Wel
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Karen A. Sausner
Director of Student Programs
(HEGIS: 10.05 MUSIC-LIBERAL ARTS PROG, CIP: 50.0901 Music, General)
Published: June 23, 2017 10:17:09 AM