Ithaca College

School of Music

Arthur E. Ostrander, Dean
William Pelto, Associate Dean
Craig Cummings, Associate Professor and Chair, Music Theory, History, and Composition
D. Kim Dunnick, Professor and Chair, Performance Studies
Keith Kaiser, Associate Professor and Chair, Music Education

For full faculty listing, see "Faculty and Administration."
Faculty and Administration

Now in its second century, the School of Music affirms its fundamental belief that music and the arts are essential components of the human experience. The School of Music contributes to the ongoing realization of this belief by preparing the music leaders of tomorrow -- highly trained professional musicians educated through expert musical instruction coupled with outstanding performance experiences.

The School of Music

  • provides an environment that fosters the highest level of musical expression through performing, teaching, and composing music;
  • maintains an international role in the growth, development, and refinement of the art of music;
  • upholds the values of attracting a diverse student body and faculty, and creating a comprehensive curriculum;
  • equips students with professional skills and knowledge in music, along with a foundation in the liberal arts;
  • supports a faculty of dedicated teachers and artists who are actively committed to their profession, the School of Music, and the community;
  • provides an outlet for musical performance and study for non-music majors, helping these students gain both an individual experience in music and an awareness of the larger issues of the arts and their role in society; and
  • provides a broad range of cultural experiences for the community through recitals, concerts, special lectures, symposia, and outreach programs by students, faculty, and guest artists.

The highest level of musicianship is fostered in all degree programs by developing and refining skills and knowledge in solo and ensemble performance, music theory, music history, and other supportive areas. Professional degrees in music education, performance, jazz studies, composition, sound recording technology, music theory, and music in combination with an outside field, as well as a liberal arts degree in music, prepare students for productive careers in teaching, performance, composition, recording, arts administration, and related areas of the music industry. As dedicated teachers, performers, composers, recording engineers, and arts administrators, Ithaca College graduates are national leaders in the arts.

An appreciation of the expressive qualities of music, the cultural enrichment provided by the world of music, and the personal reward of creating music give life and reason to the general study of music at Ithaca College.