Program Overview

A music degree from Canisius prepares graduates for a variety of music-related careers or graduate studies. Courses are designed for students with diverse music backgrounds and levels of experience.

Music majors concentrate in one of four sequences: music history and literature, performance, music education or music technology. Music appreciation courses cover a wide range of musical styles and give students the basics of music as well as an introduction to the lives, works and historical settings of the significant composers of the past and present.

Canisius music students have received hands-on training during internships at such organizations as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, MusicalFare Theatre and Shabby Road Recording Studios. 

Extensive performance opportunities are available to students of all majors, including the Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Drum Club, Canisius Chorale and Griffinry. Outside the classroom music students can get involved in the Arts Promotion Club, Drum Club or the Chamber Music Ensemble. 

Music graduates are prepared for future employment in fields including: 

  • Music education
  • Arts management
  • Music theatre
  • Music merchandising
  • Music theory and composition
  • Church music 

Canisius graduates have obtained industry jobs in the field: Administrative positions with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Teaching position at Niagara County Community College, Church Music Director at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Niagara Falls, New York, Private teaching studios. Music majors have also gone on to graduate studies at Canisius College, the State University of New York at Buffalo and the State University of New York at Fredonia.