Our Mission

The Ithaca College School of Music educates students who transform the human condition through the art and practice of music. 

Since its founding in 1892 as a conservatory, the School of Music earns its reputation as one of the best in the nation, offering a superb blend of full-time resident faculty, performance opportunities, state-of-the-art facilities, access to liberal arts courses, and success in career placement. It's a place where students work with world-class professionals every day to become world-class professionals themselves.

Dedicated full-time faculty. Regular contact with a primary faculty member is essential in a student's musical development, so our students attend a private lesson and repertoire class meetings each week. They receive many other chances -- class time, impromptu conversations in halls and gathering places, required ensemble rehearsals -- to touch base frequently with one of our 62 faculty members, who maintain a constant presence on campus. At Ithaca, our faculty members devote themselves everyday to teaching and mentoring our students while maintaining national and international visibility in their fields. This duality of purpose is a hallmark of the Ithaca experience and contributes to the richness of our community.

Professional performance opportunities. Regardless of degree program, all music students perform in a competitive yet supportive environment. Our 24 ensembles include three bands, a symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra, six vocal ensembles, three jazz ensembles, and numerous chamber groups. The school hosts more than 300 concerts annually, and our ensembles have performed in high-profile venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and in international cities such as London, Dublin, and St. Petersburg, Russia.

State-of-the-art facilities. In 1999 the school remodeled its facilities and doubled its size. New additions included the 250-seat Hockett Family Recital Hall, three recording studios, two large rehearsal halls, hi-tech "smart" classrooms, Apple computer labs, and labs for jazz and electronic keyboard. There is also a world-class music education suite, music education library and resource center.  New equipment and capabilities continue to be added each year.

A conservatory within a college. With more than 100 majors and 60 minors available at Ithaca College -- and over 2,000 courses to choose from -- students have exposure to a wide variety of fields of study, including the humanities and sciences, business, communications, and health and sport disciplines. You can train at a world-class conservatory and attend a comprehensive college simultaneously.

Excellent career placement. Ithaca alumni have pursued careers in renowned symphonies and opera companies and on Broadway; as faculty members and deans in prestigious universities and colleges; as teachers in school systems throughout the country; and as music therapists, composers, publicists, audio engineers, and managers.

Combine all that with a location in a dynamic, beautiful college town, and you'll understand why Ithaca College is the best choice for music students.

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