About the Department
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE (LESSONS AND ENSEMBLES)
The Music Department offers individualized instruction and an array of ensembles, from Orchestra and Band, to Chorale, Chamber Ensembles, Chamber Singers, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble, as well as courses in conducting. Or come join the Pep Band and cheer on our own UAlbany Great Danes! New to the Music Department is an ongoing workshop series and course work in Music Improvisation.
MUSIC COMPOSITION, MUSICOLOGY, AND THEORY
The Music Department offers coursework in the rhythmic, harmonic, melodic, and structural aspects of Western music, its notation and composition. Composition courses address a broad spectrum of approaches and genres, among them notated instrumental music, song writing, and Electronic Music. Courses are also available in the music of various world cultures.
Check out our Departmental Program in Vocal Performance!
POPULAR MUSIC COURSES
We offer coursework on the popular song, rock history, and jazz repertoire in this relatively new area of study for the Music Department.