Music is where it all began at Ithaca. The original conservatory was founded in 1892, and today our world-renowned music studies are augmented by a robust liberal arts curriculum.

Whether you’re interested in pursuing composition, theory, recording, or performance, you’ll be surrounded by accomplished faculty who teach from professional music experience. Our facilities include three music performance spaces, as well as two main stages for musical theater, digital recording labs, an electroacoustic music studio, and much more. In addition, a number of off-campus organizations and facilities -- the Ithaca Opera, the Community School of Music and Arts, and various theaters downtown -- provide you with the perfect backdrop for your future in music.

If you’re interested in teaching, all that stands between you and a career in music education may very well be a one-way mirror. Our education resource center allows you to watch master teachers at work and to discuss techniques with faculty members without interrupting class. Round out your experience in your senior year by teaching full-time in a public school, all the while getting more and more constructive feedback.

Degree Programs

* Leads to initial New York State teacher certification