You have a lifelong passion for music. There’s nothing you love more than composing a new song, playing a new piece, or listening to a new album. You know that you want to work in music for the rest of your life —and you’re ready to take the first steps toward entering the music industry. Sound like you? If so, read on to learn how Buffalo State College’s Music program can help get you there.
Aaron Masters, '14, a former piano major at SUNY Buffalo State, appeared at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City in spring 2014. “They telephoned him out of the blue with an offer to participate in their annual benefit, based on their first-hand knowledge of his work the previous summer. How many times in any artist’s life does such a call occur?” noted Carolyn Guzski, assistant professor of music.
“I feed off the energy of the students. I think of them as links in a chain that keep the music going,” said associate professor of music Thomas Witakowski who also directs the campus’s Philharmonia Orchestra. “I tell them to imagine the first performance of a piece 200 years ago and think that each performance we do links the piece’s DNA to future performances.”
Our Music Department is one of the most outstanding and selective departments in New York. To be accepted, students must audition, submit an essay, and complete a one-on-one interview with a faculty member. That way, we ensure that you will be surrounded by peers who are truly committed to the study of music. In addition to high standards, our music students benefit from:
Buffalo State prides itself on offering students opportunities to develop and practice their skills beyond the classroom. Opportunities for music majors include:
Students have the chance to do summer research fellowships and work with faculty.
Funded research topics have included global music traditions, Broadway musical theater history, and applications of music therapy to individuals with disabilities. All Buffalo State students have the opportunity to apply to present their original research at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, held each spring at a different campus in the SUNY system.
As part of the SUNY Applied Learning framework, an extensive Music Department internship program places music students in a wide variety of sites in the vibrant Western New York arts community. Music majors may intern at multiple sites in order to sample diverse aspects of the arts industry.
Music is a notoriously competitive field—but there are many options beyond producing and performing your own music. Other options in the music industry include:
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