Interested in opera, jazz theory and improv, or musical theater? Students from all disciplines can participate in our musical study and performances to acquire a deeper understanding of the many ways music (and related arts) reflects values of various cultures, influences lives, and enriches human existence.

The Arthur Satz Department of Music at the University of Rochester offers a bachelor of arts (BA) in music, a minor in music, and a wide variety of both technical and non-technical courses. Students also have the option of taking courses at the Eastman School of Music, which are open to any student with the proper prerequisites.

Music Lessons at Eastman

Any undergraduate student can qualify to take applied music lessons at the Eastman School of Music through a successful audition. Auditions take place at the Eastman School during the first week of each semester.  For more detailed information, including audition requirements, visit the lessons page.


There are many opportunities to participate in performing ensembles. Some 400 students play or sing in a dozen musical organizations across campus. Auditions for all of these groups take place during the first week of school. For a complete list of performing ensembles and for audition information, see the ensemble page.

Graduate Programs

The department offers two accelerated master’s programs in music, a BA/MA in music education with teaching certification and an accelerated MA program in ethnomusicology. See our graduate program page to learn more.