A Solid Foundation
Since its founding as a music conservatory more than a century ago, Ithaca College has trained and educated some of the country's finest musicians and music educators. Our 600 graduate and undergraduate music students from around the country benefit from an intense relationship with committed, nationally recognized professors. Personal attention is fostered by a low student-faculty ratio—an Ithaca hallmark.
Active Students, Premier Facilities
In the best tradition of graduate music education, you will gain expertise through private instruction, focused mentoring, and wide-ranging performances. Ensembles both large and small routinely perform, tour, record, entertain prominent guests, and hold master classes. As a graduate student, you are welcomed—even expected—to be a participant and leader in these ensembles.
Your experiences will also be enhanced by the College's superb performance and teaching facilities. Completed in 1999, the James J. Whalen Center for Music added 69,000 square feet to the existing 72,000 square feet in Ford Hall, the music school's home since 1965. Major spaces in the Whalen Center include
- Recital halls
- Faculty teaching studios
- Ensemble library
- Piano and instrument repair facilities
- Computer labs
- State-of-the-art recording studios
The four-story atrium connecting the new construction to the original building is breathtaking. And the overall effect is one of beauty, functionality, and inspiration.