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Music Minor - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: , CIP: 50.0901 Music, General)

Department of Music

226 Baird Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4700

Jonathan Golove

Tom Kolor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Karen A. Sausner
Director of Student Programs

Associated Programs

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Becoming a Music Minor Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), SAT or ACT scores and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered. For the 2018 admitted freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 25-30 and an average SAT score of 1190-1350. The average GPA ranged from 91-96.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Application for admission must be made both to the University and separately to the Department of Music. Information on applications and auditions can be found on the department's website. All students should be prepared to take a theory placement exam before beginning undergraduate music studies; students are encouraged to take this exam during their spring auditions.

Applicants requesting the MusB in Performance degree must pass an evaluation audition and as determined by the theory diagnostic examination.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Transfer students must first apply and be accepted into the University. Both transfer and current UB students must fill out a departmental application for both the MusB in Performance and the BA in music degree programs. MusB students must audition on their major instrument or voice to be fully accepted into the MusB major.

Applicants for both degree programs must take and pass a diagnostic music theory exam in order to enter MUS 105, Freshman Theory. These exams are given at either the audition or on the first day of class. Students must maintain a 2.0 average in all academic music courses in order to progress through the degree.

MusB students must maintain a 3.0 or higher in their applied music lessons or they will be required to reaudition for the degree program.

Suggested Introductory Courses

AP Music Theory

MUS 116 Theory of Music for Non-majors

Students interested in the music degree programs should prepare by taking private voice or instrument lessons prior to and throughout high school. While in junior and senior high school, students are advised to participate in ensembles and enroll in theory courses, if available.

Suggested Study Guides

Scales, Intervals, Keys, Triads, Rhythm and Meter by Clough Conley & Boge, 3rd Ed.

MacGamut Music Software ear-training and fundamentals learning and practice in Aural Skills for Intervals, Scales, Chords, Rhythmic Dictation, Melodic Dictation, and Harmonic Dictation, and unlimited mastery-based Written and Keyboard drills for Intervals, Scales, and Chords.

Published: Dec 05, 2019 11:41:26