Mission Statement
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 theoretical, pedagogical, and applied learning experiences through active participation in coursework, performances, research projects, field experiences, and internships.
  • To provide innovative and creative approaches to instruction and curriculum development, based on current research, best practice, and technological advances in teaching and learning.
  • To provide a general education curriculum through which Buffalo State students can explore diverse musical genres and the role of music in society. 
  • To contribute to the cultural enrichment and music education of all members of the Western New York community by providing a variety of musical experiences and educational opportunities to the public. 
  • To recruit, admit, and prepare highly qualified students, including students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.