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An appreciation of music is akin to an appreciation of life. Studying music at Onondaga is a great way to start your career in a variety of musical avenues, including performance, education, music industry and music therapy. It can also serve as a powerful catalyst for personal growth -- and isn't that what college is all about?

What You Will Learn:

When you pursue music at Onondaga, you learn to listen to music with your mind-and not just your ears. You'll be given the freedom to express yourself musically in a wide variety of performing ensembles, with the opportunity to explore your own musical avenues and preferences. Our students are taught to understand the practical side of the music business as well as the creative side. You'll experience firsthand the real-world tools and technologies used today, enabling you to take your skills to the next level, wherever it may lead you.

What It Is Like:

You'll work on a team with other students and plenty of student-teacher interaction. There will be time for theoretical discussion as well as hands-on performance techniques. And classes are small, so you'll be sure to get individual attention throughout your journey at Onondaga.  If you're looking to share your passion for music with other student musicians, we have 12 ensembles that perform alone and in partnership with other professional and community ensembles across Central New York.  In addition, public concerts are held every Friday during the College Hour, featuring performances by the college's music students, faculty members, and/or visiting musicians.
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Where It Can Take You:

After graduation, you may decide to apply your talents in the workplace immediately, or transfer to an undergraduate program at a four-year college. Our music students are routinely accepted at some of the country's most prestigious art schools, such as the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, SUNY-Potsdam, SUNY-Fredonia and Syracuse University. Career possibilities include orchestral or studio musician, composer, teacher, musicologist, musical therapist and instrument repair technician.
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"I love to perform. I don't get nervous at all. The way I feel when I'm onstage playing my music is unbelievable. I'm putting energy out there…and I get incredible energy in return. There's nothing like it." ~Ji, 1st Year Music Student.