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Welcome to the Music Department at Hunter College


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The Department of Music at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), offers a variety of courses and degree programs catering to the needs of a diverse student body. Courses include a large selection of topics in music performance, theory, history, ethnomusicology, and music education. Private lessons are available on all instruments and voice, either with Hunter faculty members or with expert teachers outside the College. Most degrees can be completed in the evening, as well as during the day.


There are approximately 150 undergraduate music majors (B.Mus. and B.A.) and 80 M.A. students (in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Music History, Music Theory, Performance, and Music Education, via Hunter's Teacher Education Program) in the department. Classes for majors rarely include more than twenty students, and much individual attention is given to each student in the classroom.  In addition to academic courses and private lessons, the Music Department presents numerous events each semester, including concerts, guest lectures, master classes, and festivals on different themes.


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NEWS:  This summer, the International Keyboard Institute & Festival will once again be taking place at Hunter College. At Mannes College for its first 16 years, the IKIF moved to Hunter College in 2015, and is now in its 19th season. Profs. Geoffrey Burleson and Quynh Nguyen will once again be on the faculty, and will also perform on the Masters Series in the Kaye Playhouse.  Prof. Burleson will be performing a solo recital on July 25th, and Prof. Nguyen will be performing on the Faculty Artist Concert, taking place on July 24th.   Other artist faculty members this summer include Vladimir Feltsman, Jerome Rose, Alexander Kobrin, and Jeffrey Swann.

The IKIF takes place from July 16-30!  Please check out the website for Faculty Artists, Application, Schedule, Tuition, the IKIF Competition, and more.

A limited number of full scholarships are available to current Hunter College piano majors, and current Hunter students have opportunities for free or half price tickets to Masters Series events in the Kaye.

For more information, including links to video presentations of all Masters Series concerts from previous editions of the festival, please go to


















NEWS:  Newly arrived in the Hunter Music Department! A 1969 William Dowd double manual harpsichord, based on a 1782 instrument by Shudi and Broadwood, in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was the largest harpsichord made in England, and the sound of this instrument is righteously resplendent. The instrument itself was just very generously donated to us by a retired department faculty member, Evelyn Kugler.

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