Undergraduate: Minor

College of Arts & Sciences

Transform a passion for music into a wide choice of careers from arranger, producer, and performer to jingle writer, songwriter, or recording professional. The study of music can take you to the stage, the studio, the classroom and more. Whether you are a musician or simply love the art of music, the Music program is a noteworthy choice.

Program Description

Explore music literature and performance. Understand music history, theory and technology. Learn about a wide range of music styles, with classes designed for every musical level, for majors, minors, and non-majors. Music majors are trained to be outstanding musicians, or you can become a music minor with another major such as education.

Performance is an integral part of the program with opportunities to take part in solo, chamber and large ensemble concerts, as well as internships and service learning. Regardless of ability, you could take piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, organ, harp, conducting, or improvisation. Join Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, or Concert Band and build your performance experience.

Highlighted Courses:

  • FAM 171/181 - Chorale 
  • FAM 172/182 - Jazz Ensemble 
  • FAM 174/184 - Chamber Orchestra 
  • FAM 175/185 - Concert Band
  • FAM 212 - Canisius and the BPO Experience
  • FAM 213 - Women in Music
  • FAM 221 - Opera Workshop


The college has a special relationship with the world-renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and many orchestra members serve as Music program faculty.


available scholarships for incoming students through an audition process

Extended Learning Opportunities

The Music Program at Canisius College offers a variety of opportunities for majors and non-majors alike that may not be available through similar programs at other institutions. They include music clubs, internships, and service learning.

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