Department: Aaron Copland School of Music

The Aaron Copland School of Music offers conservatory-level training in classical performance, classical composition, jazz performance, and jazz composition, leading to the Master of Music (MM) degree. It offers university curricula in musical composition, theory, and musicology, leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree. In conjunction with the School of Education, the School of Music offers a music education program leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree in Music Education and a post-baccalaureate program that leads to New York State Initial Teacher Certification. In addition, the School of Music offers Certificate and Diploma programs in classical performance. A graduate certificate in recording technology and music production is also offered.

The MM in Classical Performance includes private instruction in the major instrument or voice, ensembles, studies in historical performance practice, and other courses geared to the needs of classical performers. A student may major in a standard orchestral, keyboard, or early-music instrument, in classical guitar, voice, or conducting (orchestral or choral).

The MM in Jazz Studies includes private instruction, jazz ensembles, studies in jazz harmony, improvisation, arranging, recording techniques, and other courses suited to the needs of today’s jazz musician. Students may major in either jazz performance or jazz composition.

The MM in Composition provides necessary training for classical composers. The MA in Musicology and the MA in Music Theory are designed primarily for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in musicology or music theory, but they also provide suitable training for students who plan to enter other music-related fields.

The MS in Education (Music) includes methods, conducting, and rehearsal techniques, as well as research courses in music education. It is designed to provide professional training for those who are teaching or expect to teach general music or vocal, choral, and/or instrumental music in elementary and secondary schools. Electives are planned for the needs of the school music teacher or are drawn from other graduate music offerings. Concentrations in instrumental music, choral music, general music, jazz music education, composition pedagogy, and conducting are offered. Further information about the music education programs begins on page 224.

The School of Music Building includes the LeFrak Concert Hall with tracker organ, a smaller recital hall, choral and orchestral rehearsal spaces, classrooms surrounding a central skylit atrium, practice rooms and teaching studios, an expanded music library to house the extensive music collections, an expanded electronic music studio, music education workshop facilities, two recording studios, faculty offices, and student and faculty lounges. The building is acoustically isolated and is one of the most advanced music facilities in the area.