Undergraduate Degrees in Music


Becoming a Music Major
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.

To become a music major 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 during the first week of Fall and Spring semester, and in February of each year.

If you are interested in becoming a music major or have questions about the music minors, please contact Professor Deborah Heckert, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at deborah.heckert@stonybrook.edu. for information about how to apply.


All students who would like to become Music Majors beginning Fall, 2018 must do the following:

  • Take the musicianship placement examination on Monday, August 27, 4-5 p.m. in room 2314, Fine Arts I.  The exam will take a little over an hour and will cover rudimentary music theory and musicianship (dictation of melody, rhythm, intervals, triads, and harmonies).
  • Take the optional theory place-out examination on Tuesday, August 28, at 5:00 in room 2314.  (This is for students who have taken at least one collegiate-level course in tonal harmony to determine placement in the music theory sequence.) 
  • Audition on your main instrument.  Contact Germaine Berry at germaine.berry@stonybrook.edu or at 631.632.7350, or check the bulletin board outside the Music Department Office (3304 Fine Arts I) for your audition. 

Sign-up sheets for both exams and auditions can be found on the bulletin board outside the Music Department office, 3304 Fine Arts I starting on August 20.

If you have questions about sign up for exams or auditions, please contact Germaine Berry at germaine.berry@stonybrook.edu.

Questions about the exam or about the music major or minor should be addressed to Undergraduate Studies Director Deborah Heckert, at deborah.heckert@stonybrook.edu

Fall Schedule for Prospective Music Majors

Monday, August 27

4-5:15  Musicianship and Theory Placement Exam, Room 2314 Fine Arts I

5:15-6:15 Orientation for New Music Majors, Room 2314 Fine Arts I

6:15-7:15  Reception for New and Continuing Music Major, Second Floor North Lobby

Undergraduate Music Major

Undergraduate Music Minor

Application Process


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