Undergraduate Degrees in Music


Applications for Fall 2018 are no longer being accepted.
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 in February of each year, and during the first week of classes in the Fall and Spring terms.

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


All students currently at Stony Brook, or transfer students, who would like to apply for the Music Major starting in Spring 2018 should:

  • Take the musicianship placement examination on Monday, January 22, at 4 p.m. in room 2310.  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, January 23, at 5:30 in room 2314.
  • Audition on your main instrument between 1 and 2:30 on Wednesday. 

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

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 Margaret Schedel at margaret.schedel@stonybrook.edu.

Undergraduate Music Major

Undergraduate Music Minor

Application Process


Login to Edit