Program Overview

An image of the York College Big Band at PAC LobbyThe Music Program at York College CUNY 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, and 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, music students can easily attend performances at the York College Performing Arts Center, study and perform research using a comprehensive collection of books and scores at the York College Library and Music History Archive, and work with professional-grade recording facilities in the newly opened LL02 Computer Lab with soundproof studios and individual workstations.

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.