Department: Music


The Department of Music at Hunter College offers a variety of courses and degree programs catering to the needs of a diverse student body. Graduate degree programs include Master of Arts with a variety of concentrations and Master of Arts in Teacher Education. Courses include topics in performance, composition, music theory, music history, ethnomusicology, and music education. Private lessons are available on all instruments and voice, either with Hunter faculty members or with expert teachers outside the College. There are approximately 75 graduate students in the department. In addition to academic courses and private lessons, the Music Department sponsors activities such as concerts, lectures, master classes, and social events.

The MA program in music offers students an opportunity to grow as musicians by refining their skills as scholars, teachers and performers. The department encourages its graduate students to take courses both of a broad scope and of a detailed nature. Performance students are permitted to take private lessons for up to 12 credits with a Hunter College faculty member or one of the instructors who serve as performance associates on the faculty (visit this page for details). Students may also study with an outside teacher of their choice, pending approval by the department. The Cutler Scholarships in Orchestral Performance offers new opportunities for MA students who qualify to be leaders in the orchestral and chamber music programs.

The Department of Music offers courses of study leading to the MA degree, with concentrations in composition, ethnomusicology, musicology, music theory, and performance. Modifications to these programs may be made in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Programs and Courses

Admission requirements and other information about the Music Education (Pre-K-12) MA program is available through the School of Education.

Administration and Faculty


Suzanne Farrin
417 North 
(212) 772-5024

Department Office

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

416 North

(212) 772-5020

fax: (212) 772-5022