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A liberal arts approach to music study

Undergraduate Program
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Study music on an introductory, interdisciplinary, or an aesthetic basis

Music Courses
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Opportunities to participate in performing ensembles


Music Courses

Choose from courses in performing and recording music, music theory, music history, and more.

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BA to MA Pathways

Take graduate-level coursework in music education or ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music.

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Music Ensembles

Bring music to life by joining one of our River Campus instrumental or vocal ensembles.

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Arthur Satz’s Impact

Establishing the Arthur Satz Department of Music

In 2020, former music major and influential arts education leader Arthur Satz ’51 bequeathed the largest-ever gift geared toward supporting the humanities at the University of Rochester. As a result, the Department of Music in the School of Arts & Sciences became the first named department in the school.

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Concerts & Events

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KEY RETURNS/REFUNDS (graduating/transferring students), make an appointment here [Use "Jimmy! Practice Room Authorization" or "Practice Room Authorization (Rembert)"]

LESSONS AT EASTMAN - please read this page

CONCERTO COMPETITION - please visit thispage

UR Music

About Us

UR Music

Many people wonder why there is a music department on the River Campus, in addition to the University's Eastman School of Music in downtown Rochester. Partly it is because most of the students in taking classes in the Arthur Satz Department of Music are majoring in disciplines other than, or in addition to, music. Music enriches not only the educational experience of individual students, but the cultural climate of the River Campus as a whole. In any given year, as many as 30 percent of all students on campus take music classes or participate in its many ensembles.

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From those just learning to read music, to those interested in advanced studies in musicology, theory, conducting, management, performance, composition, or education.


Instrumental or vocal, rock or symphony, Rochester has an ensemble for almost anyone. Auditions for ensembles take place during the first week of school.


The department of Music is located in Dewey Hall

Visit the concerts page for schedules, programs and video or see/hear our concerts in real time >

Visit the Institute for Popular Music for information about lectures and events.


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