Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

Aaron Copland School of Music

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Faculty Office Hours

All faculty can be reached via email, and individual appointments can arranged between students and faculty.

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Hours and Location

Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

The Music Office does not accept walk-in appointments. All appointments (in-person and virtual) must be made 1-2 business days prior to the meeting. A music staff is in the office from Monday through Thursday, and the office operates virtually on Fridays.

To schedule an appointment with a music staff, please use this link.
Phone messages will be returned in 2-3 business days. You can also email ACSM@qc.cuny.edu to reach the music staff.
We appreciate your patience!

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Applying to Queens College

Academic admission to Queens College is separate from the School of Music application and audition process. All students must apply to Queens College online by visiting The Queens College Admissions Website.

Audition Registration Deadline

Classical Music Programs (All undergraduates, Master of Music and certificate programs)

Spring and Fall 2022 entrance audition dates will be announced by October 1, 2021.


Auditions Dates (Spring and Fall 2022 Acceptance)

We are currently making decisions on the timing of the auditions and will be accepting application by early October of 2021. In the meantime, please review below information.

Spring 2022 Term Acceptance
Virtual auditions and placement exams only. This will take place in early December of 2021.

Fall 2022 Term Acceptance
We will offer virtual (both synchronous and asynchronous) and in-person auditions and placement exams in late February and early March of 2022.

For questions, please email Jane.Cho@qc.cuny.edu.


Applying to the Aaron Copland School of Music

All music applicants must apply to Queens College online by visiting The Queens College Admissions Website. In addition to the application to Queens College, the following programs will require applying to GetAccetpd system for the audition and placement exam.

  • All Undergraduate Programs
  • Master of Music Classical Performance Programs
  • All Classical Performance Certificate Programs
  • Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Performance)


Placement Exams and Theory Quiz

  • Undergraduate Placement Exam: All undergraduate applicants are required to take the placement exam in addition to the audition. See more information here.
  • Master of Music Theory Quiz (Classical): All Master of Music Classical Performance Programs applicants are required to take the theory quiz, and pass the exam. See more information here.
  • Master of Music Theory Quiz (Jazz): All Master of Music Jazz Performance Program applicants are required to take the jazz placement exam.

To apply, click on any Apply Now link below to access Acceptd, then select your degree level and program to complete your application.

For any questions feel free to call the music office at 718-997-3800 and leave a clear message. We will do our best to assist you with the application process.


Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA): General Music Program

Audition Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is an academic music program which is designed for a student who plans to become a composer, conductor, college music teacher, theorist, musicologist, arranger, music librarian, or critic. This program provides a solid, structured musical education and a firm foundation for more advanced career studies. The program is a traditional, classically-based program, but may be useful for those pursuing careers in music business, arts management, and music publishing.


Bachelor of Music (BMus): Music Education

Audition Requirements

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus): Music Education: The Bachelor of Music with Music Education prepares students for New York State Initial Teacher Certification in Music PreK-12. This program (coordinated with the Queens College School of Education) provides a solid structured musical education adn a film foundation in music pedagogy for students preparing to teach in public or private schools. These students complete the college liberal arts studies, the foundational music curriculum, along with education and music education classes.


Bachelor of Music (BMus): Performance Program

Audition Requirements

Admission to this professional performance program is by competitive audition for qualified instrumentalists and singers. The program is planned to equal the training available in a conservatory course of study. It includes intensive private instruction in the major instrument, ensemble requirements, and a senior recital, in addition to the required music curriculum, and addition to the liberal arts academic sequence mandated by Queens College.


Five-Year/ Bachelor of Music Performance Degree with Music Education Initial Certificate

Audition Requirements

This program is for students who have been accepted into the Bachelor of Music program but also wish to pursue teacher certification. For the first two years students follow the standard Bachelor of Music curriculum including the college liberal arts requirements. Beginning in their junior year they add the music education sequence and education courses required for certification. Typically this will require at least one additional year of study in order to meet all requirements including student teaching. The fifth year will be done as part of the advanced certificate program following the student's graduation with the Bachelor of Music degree. Students in this program will be automatically admitted to the advanced certificate program upon their Bachelor of Music graduation. Taking performance auditions and Music Qualifying Exam are required for this program.



Certificate and Diplomas in Classical Performance

Audition Requirements

The Professional Studies and Artists Diploma Programs provide access to the finest music performance education. Ideal candidates may be:

  • International students who possess advanced degrees in music from overseas institutions and are ready for advanced musical performance training in the United States, but do not have the required English language skills to enter an MA program.
  • Students seeking to enroll in graduate study, but are not yet deemed eligible for the Master of Music Program, or students seeking an additional year of study prior to entering a graduate music program.

Performance — Advanced Certificate
Requires a completed Music Undergraduate Degree

Performance — Professional Studies
Requires a completed MA or MM degree

Performance — Advanced Diploma
Requires a completed MA or MM degree and the Professional Studies in performance

Chamber Music — Advanced Diploma
Requires a completed MA or MM degree and a pre-formed chamber group


Graduate Degrees

Master of Music in Classical Performance

Audition Requirements

The MM in Classical Performance includes private instruction in the major instrument or voice, ensembles, studies in historical performance practice, and other courses geared to the needs of classical performers. A student may major in a standard orchestral, keyboard, or early-music instrument, in classical guitar, voice, or conducting (orchestral or choral).


Master of Music in Jazz Studies

Admission and Program Requirements
Audition Requirements

The MM in Jazz Studies includes private instruction, jazz ensembles, studies in jazz harmony, improvisation, arranging, recording techniques, and other courses suited to the needs of today's jazz musician. Students may major in either jazz performance or jazz composition.


Master of Arts in Music

Application Requirements

The MA in Music provides necessary training for classical composers, for those who wish to pursue doctoral studies in musicology or theory, and for students who plan to enter other music-related fields. Students may major in composition, theory, or music history (musicology).



Master of Science in Music Education

The Master of Science in Music Education program is designed to increase the professional knowledge and skills of probationary teachers working toward professional certification. The program stresses the foundation and psychology of music and education, the teaching of elementary general music, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, conducting and research.



Post-Baccalaureate Advanced Certificate in Music (pre-K-12)

The Advanced Certificate Program is a non-degree program comprised of pedagogical courses mandated by the New York State Education Department for Initial Certification. Students will be guided through the pedagogical coursework and student teaching.