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Professors: Barstow, Legname (Chair), Nepkie; Associate Professors: Prins, Wall; Assistant Professors: Carter, Licata, Newton, Pignato, Roman, Scafide; Lecturers: Aldridge, Balins, Falbush, Thomas

Note: Institutional Member of the National Association of Schools of Music.


The Music Department offers courses in five general categories: Music Industry, Music History and Literature, Music Theory, Music Performance, and Individual Studies. Courses are available to all qualified students, with Music majors having first priority for courses required in their respective curriculums.


Bachelor of Arts


Music Industry



Music Literature

Music Theory

Audio Arts Production

Music Performance


Music Facilities

The Fine Arts Center is the hub of musical activity on the SUNY Oneonta campus. Facilities and equipment include over 40 Steinway and Baldwin grand and studio pianos, a 16-station digital keyboard audio/MIDI lab, a 24-station theory/MIDI lab, individual practice rooms, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms for large and small ensembles, and modern classrooms with sound and presentation systems.

The newly constructed Fine Arts Center Music Wing features six discreet rehearsal and recording spaces. Those facilities, along with our large recording studio and two smaller studios, provide students with state-of-the-art spaces appropriate for all manner of recording activities. All rooms are connected with a fiber optics system allowing video and audio connectivity throughout the building. Concerts are presented in the newly constructed Fine Arts Center recital hall, the William Cole Recital Hall, Goodrich Theatre, Hamblin Arena Theatre, and the Hunt Union Ballroom.

Requirements for the Music Industry Major

Music Industry: requires 34 s.h. in music courses, a 3 s.h. internship, and an additional 18 s.h. of related course work in Economics and Business, and Communication & Media.

Requirements for the Music Major

Music: requires 36 s.h. of credit equally divided among Music History and Literature, Music Theory, and Music Performance. Additional music credits, totaling up to 60 s.h., may be taken with advisement to establish an area of specialization.

Requirements for the Minors

Music Literature: 24 s.h. distributed among courses in Music Theory, Music Performance, and Music History and Literature.

Music Theory: 24 s.h. of course work in Music Performance, Music History and Literature, Music Theory, plus selections in Music.

Audio Arts Production: 24 s.h. of course work.

Music Performance: 19-26 s.h. of course work.

Jazz: 17-30 s.h. of course work.

Special Requirements and Restrictions

  1. Enrollment in any music ensemble or in applied music study requires a performance audition.
  2. A Theory Placement Test must be completed prior to initial enrollment in any Music Theory course beyond MUSC 139.
  3. A performance audition is required for admission to the traditional Liberal Arts Music Major. No audition is required for admission to the Music Industry Major, nor to any of the music minors.
  4. Students wishing to enter one of the music major or minor programs should consult the Music Department Chair to obtain information and assistance.
  5. Students may not use more than 60 s.h. of music credits toward the total 122 s.h. required for graduation.

To All Transfer Students

Most Music credits from other schools, including music theory, literature, and performance credits, will transfer and be counted toward completion of a Music degree at Oneonta. Contact the Music Department for further information.

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