Undergraduate Overview

Music student Tingfei Li in Slee Hall on North Campus

Undergraduate students have the exciting opportunity to start their careers on music's leading edge. Within a tight-knit community, surrounded by peers who share similar goals of musical excellence, our undergraduate students develop their skills under the guidance of internationally-active professional performers and scholars. This close access to faculty, which includes weekly private lessons in instrument or voice, guarantees an exceptional level of individual instruction.   

The department believes strongly in the importance of actively practicing one's craft. In addition to coursework, we offer more than 150 public performances each year. A wide range of performance opportunities are available to undergraduate students, including the University at Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Choir, Concert Band and Jazz Ensembles, as well as numerous specialized chamber ensembles. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to explore Buffalo's thriving music scene through participation in internships and service-learning courses

Our multi-tiered system of personalized advisement supports students in pursuit of their musical goals, from freshman year through graduation. Many of our students choose to augment their undergraduate music degree by double majoring in other College of Arts and Sciences departments, such as Mathematics, History, Linguistics, English, Computer Science, Psychology and Economics.  

After graduation, Department of Music alumni frequently elect to pursue higher degrees in music, education, social sciences, business and law, further expanding their career opportunities.