Program Overview

York College Big Band performing in the Performing Arts Center.The Music Program at York College offers a music major as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, as well as the Minor in Music Performance and the Minor in Music Production, with courses in music performance, theory, history, ethnomusicology, and music production as part of a curriculum where students explore the multifaceted world of music across a variety of genres and styles.

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.

York College students have access to arts courses in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts (including Communications Technology, Speech Communication, Theatre Arts and Fine Arts) and academic departments across the college. In addition, York students have free access to learning materials on, including online resources for music production, music entrepreneurship, music notation and theory, and much more.

Want to meet other students interested in music? Join the Jazz Band, the Gospel Choir, the York College Chorus (Coming in Spring 2020!) and student clubs including the Music Club, the K-Pop Club, National Association for Music Education, and Cardinal Studios

Majors and Minors

  • Music (BA) (50 credits, effective Fall 2019)
  • Music Performance Minor (16 credits)
  • Music Production Minor (16 credits)

News and Announcements

Community Jam Session Community Jam Session by George T. Lam — last modified Oct 07, 2019
The York College Community Jam Session continues in Fall 2018, weekly on Tuesdays at 12pm.
New section of MUS 141 and 241 just added! New section of MUS 141 and 241 just added! by George T. Lam — last modified Aug 02, 2018
A new section of MUS 141 and 241 has just been added for Fall 2018.

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

Thinking about studying music at York College? Click below to request more information from the Office of Admissions.