Undergraduate Music Study
at Stony Brook University
Welcome and thank you for your interest in Stony Brook's Department of Music!
We offer a rigorous Bachelor of Arts in Music degree that provides a thorough education in music history, theory, musicianship, keyboard, and performance. The degree requires a minimum of 63 credits in music courses.
We also offer several music minor tracks in general studies, jazz, and music and technlogy. These minors require 20-24 credits in music courses.
To become a music major or minor at Stony Brook, students must pass rudimentary exams in music theory and musicianship (aural skills), as well as pass an audition on an instrument or voice. Exams and auditions are given in February of each year, and during the first week of classes in the Fall and Spring terms.
You must apply both the university and the music department. Prior to completing the music department application you should submit your application to Stony Brook University and obtain your Stony Brook ID number, which you will need to complete this application. Students who perform successfully in the audition and their theory placement and musicianship exams will be admitted to the music major upon admission to the University. In addition, students participating in this audition process may be considered for scholarship offers and the opportunity to study with Performance Faculty.
You must be accepted to the University before we can consider you for the music major.
Yes, by filling out the Department of Music one-page application, you will automatically be considered for a scholarship. The Department of Music has limited funds to offer small four-year scholarships for students talented in performance, composition, or music history (up to $2000 a year), and also nominates qualified students for scholarships through the University Scholarship Office. These latter scholarships are typically for full tuition and fees for four years. To be eligible, students must be academically high achieving (as evidenced by high school grade point average and SAT scores), and demonstrate exceptional talent as performers. (Sometimes, exceptionally gifted performers receive these scholarships, even if their academic qualifications are less exceptional.) There are also very limited scholarship funds for transfer students. We typically award ten Bright Lights Scholarships based on musical talents. These scholarships are only for Music Majors.
If you have any questions about undergraduate music study, please contact Professor Deborah Heckert, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at email@example.com