The Music Department at SUNY Buffalo State is committed to providing students
with a practical and comprehensive education, driven by the diverse needs of the 21st-century musician.
Working within a supportive and collaborative environment,
Buffalo State music students will develop strong musicianship and professional skills
allowing them to take an active role as artists and leaders in the global community.
To engage music majors in learning experiences necessary for the development of professional-level musical skills through participation in a variety of coursework and individualized projects
To develop innovative approaches to curriculum, instruction, and technological implementation
To engage pre-service music educators in field experiences that prepare them for the opportunities and challenges commonly encountered in urban and/or rural music education settings
To provide a general education curriculum through which Buffalo State students can explore diverse musical genres, the role of music in society, and participate in musical ensembles
To contribute to the cultural enrichment of all Buffalo State students and Western New York region by providing a multitude of concerts, recitals, symposia, festivals, master classes, and lectures
To work collaboratively with a variety of campus constituencies to promote diversity through curriculum, faculty and student recruitment, community partnerships, and resource allocation
Music Majors at SUNY Buffalo State have the opportunity to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree or the Bachelor of Music in Music Education Degree. The Music Education program leads to New York State Intial Teaching Certiciation and is the only Music Education program in SUNY that grants Broadfield (K-12, instrumental and vocal) certification.
Buffalo State offers a variety of outstanding music ensembles. The Philharmonia Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and College Chorale serve as primary ensmebles for all music majors. Beyond these, students are encouraged to particiapte in Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Elmwood Swing, West African Drumming Ensemble, Digital Music Ensemble, and a host of small chamber ensembles.
The Music Department maintains outstanding facilities and state of the art music technology. Our Digital Music Labs, Recording Studios and Smart classrooms ensures that every student has the resources they need to realize their passion.
At SUNY Buffalo State, music majors are guided by a group of highly-qualified and dedicated music faculty. Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized performers, scholars, and leaders in their field.