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The SUNY New Paltz music department challenges students to immerse themselves in an intensive music program within the context of the broad liberal arts education both as undergraduates in Music and as graduate students in Music Therapy. In a dynamic and supportive community of musicians, students receive the guidance and training to develop a creative outlook on wide reaches of musicianship and contribute to the cultural life of the campus and community.

The Music department invites you to join our community of music creators, performers, and improvisors and explore ways music can make a difference in your life, your community and the world.

We are a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

At SUNY New Paltz, music students will:

  • Acquire skills in playing an instrument in close collaboration with internationally-recognized artist-faculty.
  • Develop individual artistry, self-expression and creativity.
  • Build foundation of basic musicianship to support life-long endeavors in music.

What can I do with a Music degree?

Our alumni work in a broad range of professions and industries, including:
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician
  • Entertainment Lawyer
  • Media Technician
  • Music Director
  • Music Therapist
  • Public Relations
  • Talent Acquisition Associate
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Manager
  • Music Therapy
  • Recording Artist
  • Transposing 

Where do New Paltz music alumni work?

Department of Music graduates have landed jobs with countless impressive organizations, including Precision Drum Company, the York Street Hustle LLC, Warner Music Group, Playground Sessions, Universal Music Group, Unison Arts Center, Vazquez/Jackson Music, Babcock & Brown, Sarnia Sea Cadets, Serbin Communications, Inc., IPG Mediabrands, and more.
Many of our alumni have also enjoyed success in community-based theatre and arts organizations across the country and world!


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