Program Overview

York College Big Band performing in the Performing Arts Center.The Music Program at York College offers a 43-credit major (with concentrations in performance or production), a music performance minor and a music production minor, with courses in music performance, theory, history, ethnomusicology, and music production 

Students work with faculty members who are performers, composers, and producers working in classical, jazz, gospel and many other genres, right here in New York City. 

Located in the bustling York College Academic Core Building, music students can easily attend performances at the neighboring Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center, study and perform research using a comprehensive collection of books and scores at the York College Library and Music History Archive, work with professional-grade recording facilities in the Lower Level Computer Lab with sound-isolating recording booths and recording equipment, as well as practice in one of our soundproof Music Practice Rooms equipped with digital pianos.

Want to meet other students interested in music? Join the Jazz Band, the Gospel Choir, and student clubs including the Music Club, the K-Pop Club, National Association for Music Education, and Cardinal Studios

Majors and Minors

  • Music (BA), with concentrations in performance or production (43 credits)
  • Music Performance Minor (16 credits)
  • Music Production Minor (16 credits)


As a music major, you will begin with the following courses, in addition to your general education requirements and electives. For more details about course requirements, please refer to the York College Bulletin.

  • MUS 101: Introduction to Music History (Pathways - Creative Expressions, WI)
  • MUS 110: Fundamentals of Music Theory
  • MUS 141: Piano 1
  • MUS 225: Foundations of Music Production (Pathways - Creative Expressions, WI)

Create your music at York College! For more information, contact Dr. George Lam, coordinator of the music program.