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Upcoming Events at OCC Music:

OCC Percussion Studio - students of Dr. Rob Bridge and Prof. Jen Vacanti. Convocation starts at 12:20pm on Friday, September 22 in Marvin and Schuh Recital Hall. View the livestream here.

Turn your love of music into a career

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. 

What You'll Learn

The focus will be performing in a wide mix of ensembles from vocal to jazz to symphonic and more. We'll also strengthen your core music theory skills

Elective courses include Ethnic Music, Music Composition, Music Technology, Music Business, Improvisation, Diction for Singers, and  Music Education. 

Audition Information   Music Calendar

Where You'll Go

Career possibilities include orchestral or studio musician, composer, teacher, musicologist, music therapist, instrument repair technician and a variety of positions in music business and the recording arts.

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 music schools, such as the Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Fredonia and Syracuse University.

Typical Salary

5 years after graduating with a Bachelor's degree


Popular careers, their growth potential, and regional demand for the past 12 months.
Career 10-year growth potential Regional Demand
Art, Drama and Music Teachers 29% Low
Self-Enrichment Education Teachers 21% Average
Music Therapist 15% Low

Real Data from Central New York

  • Data reflect previous twelve-month period in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and surrounding five-county Central New York region.
  • Salary gathered from SUNY Graduate Wages (data source: NYS Unemployment Insurance) unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Demand is determined by the number of job postings in the region over the past twelve months. 
  • Occupational growth potential gathered from Burning Glass.   

Top Transfer Partners

  • SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music
  • CUNY Hunter College of Music
  • SUNY Fredonia