musical studies with a field of study outside of music.
blend includes the core of essential music courses common to all SBU music
degrees, a foundational study of the music industry, an internship in the
music industry, and courses chosen by the student in a field of study
outside of music. This outside field must comprise any academic minor as
listed in the SBU Catalog.
The SBU Advantage
backgrounds include previous experience as teachers, church musicians,
members of orchestras, composers, arrangers and even working within a
The SBU Department of Music is an accredited
institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
Nearly 100% of our music major graduates find positions within their field
SBU offers more than a dozen performance ensemble
Our performing groups tour internationally, nationally
The Department of Music is a close-knit family.
Through a variety of choral and instrumental
performance groups, students put into practice what they learn in the
classroom. These groups perform concerts on campus, and many of them also
perform off campus.
In addition to SBU’s
general education requirements and 27 hours of core music classes, a
Bachelor of Music requires an additional 34 hours of additional music
courses and 18 hours of study in an outside area, as is required for a minor
in any other area.
The SBU Department of Music
has both choral and instrumental performing groups.
Choral and Vocal
Studies groups include Chorale, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Masterworks
Chorus, Higher Ground, and Opera Workshop.
groups include Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Clara Fuson
String Quartet, Woodwind Ensembles, Brass Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and
In addition to admission to the University, a
student pursuing a music degree must be admitted to the department of music.
Upon successful completion of an entrance audition, all new students
(freshmen and transfer students) are first admitted to the department as
pre-music majors. Upon completion of specific courses and evaluation by the
music faculty, pre-music majors may be formally admitted into a music degree
The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial
assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas
(keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually.
Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:
Choral and Instrumental Scholarships
Participate in an assigned role in SBU
Perform assigned accompanying duties
for soloists and/or ensembles in the department.
Maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.
Most students majoring in music complete an internship in
their field. Recent placements have included assisting in school music
programs, with church music, at radio stations and recording studios.
Graduate and Career Opportunities
SBU students are equipped to
showcase their proficiency not only in the classroom but also in
professional settings. Graduates from the Music Department have found
employment in music education, worship leadership, venue/arts management,
and other administrative positions related to music.
Performer's Certificate: Earning this certificate provides
concentrated training and performance experiences for students who
demonstrate superior performance ability, and it is considered as
preparation for graduate school or a performing career.
Certificate: Earning this certificate provides piano students with courses
in piano teaching, literature and supervised teaching experience as
preparation for a career in piano teaching.
Continued work toward mastery of the basic skills of conducting.
Emphasis upon the development of choral rehearsal and performance
techniques. Survey of stylistic characteristics of the five major
periods of choral literature.
Continued work toward mastery of the basic skills of conducting,
including score study, score arranging, and baton technique.
Emphasis upon the development of band and orchestra rehearsal and
performance techniques. Survey of stylistic characteristics of the
major periods of band literature.