Department of Music

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Waverly Building • 24 Waverly Place, Room 268 • New York, NY 10003-6789 • 212-998-8300

Chair of the Department

Associate Professor Samuels

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor Karchin

The Department of Music offers both a major and a minor in music. Both programs give students the opportunity to gain proficiency in the theory, history, and interpretation of music throughout the world, and help them build a solid set of applied critical and listening abilities demanded of musicians and listeners today. The major offers students opportunities for independent research during their final year.

The department teaches a wide range of innovative courses in ethnomusicology, popular music, the cultural study of music, and sound studies. Many of these courses are open to non-majors. Some recent courses include: Music in the Post-9/11 World; Introduction to World Music; Music in New York; Music, Global Hip-Hop, and the Politics of Culture; and Music, Sound, and Technology.

The department’s Waverly Labs provide digital resources for composition and research. The Department hosts the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and the early music ensemble Teares of the Muses. Our students may also take private instrumental instruction and join performance ensembles at the Steinhardt School. We encourage music majors and minors to take advantage of our location in one of the world’s major cultural centers by attending concerts and pursuing internships with New York recording companies, music magazines, or major performing arts organizations.