Why study Music Performance Mus. B. 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.
In addition to offering weekly studio lessons, faculty direct performance initiatives at the University and throughout the local community, provide students with unique performance opportunities in western New York. 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.
The Department of Music hosts over 150 events annually, showcasing internationally recognized visiting artists and lecturers.
•Students will acquire strong foundations in Performance, Composition, Musicology, and Music Theory.
•Students will develop their talents and skills in solo performance and ensemble playing in a variety of public venues.
•Students will become adept performers in small chamber or jazz ensembles and larger orchestral, wind, brass, and jazz ensembles.
•Students will demonstrate the ability to engage with communities and create cultural and musical awareness by means of performing in public places throughout the city of Buffalo and at the University at Buffalo.
•The composition, music history, and music theory curriculum exposes students to innovative approaches to creating music, music analysis and understanding the historical and cultural importance of music.
•Students will be able to pursue careers in performance, 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 and ensemble coaching, 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.
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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.
- Applied music instructor
- Audio engineer
- Band musician
- Choral conductor
- Church/synagogue musician
- College music professor
- Composer - Arranger
- Concert soloist
- 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
- Piano tuner/technician
- Private music instructor
- School band director
- Symphony orchestra musician
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 in all areas of academic concern. For an appointment call (716) 645-2758, email email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships and Financial Support
The Department of Music offers scholarships to qualified students. Scholarship decisions are based on audition performance quality, recommendations, support material, and data compiled at the time of audition.
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 musicians.
Scholarship awards are determined by application to the department and audition.
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.