Music Department

Students performing with a piano accompanying them.
Girl singing with a group of students singing around her.

For the remainder of the semester, all SUNY Oneonta courses are being delivered online or through other forms of remote instruction. This will mean different things for each course and instructor.

This situation is new to all of us. Please understand that individual courses may change significantly and in some cases, may need to be revised more than once. As we make this switch from in-person to remote instruction, we ask for your patience, flexibility and goodwill.

We are all doing the best we can during a difficult time. Please stay safe and healthy, and reach out to your instructors or other offices on campus if you have any questions or concerns.

The college has developed a telecommuting resources page to assist students, faculty and staff with the transition to working and learning remotely.

About the Department

The Music Department's mission, goals and objectives are appropriate to institutions of higher education, appropriate to the field of music, compatible with National Association of Schools of Music standards, and demonstrate that the fundamental purposes of the institution and the department are education. The Music Department majors -- Music and Music Industry -- have been approved as liberal arts degrees.

Student/Faculty Interaction

The Music Department's 14:1 student/teacher ratio allows for engaging and meaningful mentorships, often highlighted in independent studies where faculty guide students working on their own research projects and creative activities. Students also have the opportunity to go on music-focused faculty-led trips across the globe, such as recent trips to Spain with Dr. Adam Kent (pianist) and England with Dr. Timothy Newton (choral director). In 2011, the Jazz Appreciation Society traveled with Professor Art Falbush (Big Band director) to New Orleans to help in the rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward after Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to activities directly related to courses and clubs, students have the opportunity to attend conferences with faculty every year. Two regularly attended conferences include the National Association of Music Merchants Convention (NAMM) and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). SUNY Oneonta offers student conference attendance and travel grants that make it possible for many students to take advantage of these opportunities at a very low cost.

Special Events

Since 2010, the Oneonta Jazz Festival has brought world-class musicians to perform with our students and has attracted student ensembles from middle/high schools, community colleges and universities around the Northeast. The annual New Music Focus Week has, since 2010, brought innovative composers and performers of new music to campus each spring for a weeklong residency to work with students and present performances, panel discussions, technical demonstrations and art gallery exhibitions, as well as improvisation and instrument-building workshops.

Students with members of the Dave Matthews Band

More than 20 SUNY Oneonta music industry students and two faculty members got a behind-the-scenes tour of a Dave Matthews Band concert on Dec. 5 at the Albany Times Union Center-– including a surprise Q&A with Matthews himself.

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Music Department
115 Fine Arts Center
Phone: (607) 436-3415
Fax: (607) 436-2718


SUNY Oneonta is one of 21 colleges and universities featured in Billboard magazine’s 2019 list of “Top Music Business Schools.”



Big Band Brass Ensemble
Chamber Music(Voice/Inst. Collab. with Piano)
Chamber Orchestra
Chamber Singers
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Classical Percussion Ensemble
Concert Choir
Experimental Music Group
Funk Band
Jam Band
Jazz Combo
New Orleans Brass Band
Rock Ensemble
String Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
World Percussion Ensemble
Zappa Band

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