• Intensive and well-rounded curriculum
  • Dedicated faculty of highly qualified professional performers, composers, conductors, musicologists and audio engineers.
  • A variety of opportunities for performing and composing
  • Access to the vibrant cultural life of NYC
  • Flexible schedule (day-time and evening classes)
  • Campus environment
  • Opportunities for musical development and enrichment at all levels
  • Graduates of our programs have gone on to study at highly regarded schools, including New York University, Berklee College of Music, Queens College and New York City College of Technology.

Programs of Study

Music (A.S. Degree Program) Learn more
For students interested in completing an Associate’s Degree in Music and for transferring to a Bachelor’s degree program in Music.

Music Production (A.A.S. Degree Program)
For students interested in Sound Engineering and Digital Music Technology.
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Classes are also open to community members and learners of all musical backgrounds and levels of experience, who are not enrolled in degree programs.


Two lecture halls (equipped with baby grand piano), including Kurzweil Recital Hall • 2 piano laboratories • 2 professional digital multi-track recording studios • two 15-station hard-disk recording and music technology laboratories • a ProTools mixing suite • a music technology practice center that offers access to 15 computers with synthesizers, 5 analog mixing stations, and 8 digital pianos. All rooms feature intranet and Internet connectivity. The department also has access to the state-of-the- art facilities of the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. The Kurt R. Schmeller Library houses a significant collection of music books and scores.

Performing Ensembles & Programs

Pop Choir • Queensborough Chorus • Queens Symphonic Band • Jazz Ensemble • Percussion Ensemble • Chamber Music and Piano Ensembles • Periodic musical theatre collaborations with the Department of Speech, Communication, and Theater Arts

Scholarships & Awards

The Julius Pomann Memorial Award • The Matthew Barbiere Memorial Music Scholarship Award • The Kurzweil Memorial Scholarship Award • The Tatyana Shvartsblat Memorial Scholarship Award • The Abbey Passariello Endowed Music Scholarship


Musicianship • Music Theory • Sight-singing and Ear-training • Keyboard Harmony • Music History • World Music • Jazz • Instrumental instruction • Ensembles • Business of Music • Introduction to the Recording Studio and MIDI • Digital Music Sequencing • Digital Sound Design • Recording Techniques I: Studio Equipment Operation • Recording Techniques II: Studio Operation • Recording Techniques III: Production • Digital Sound Recording • Virtual Instruments • Microphones and Amplification Systems • Cooperative Education Internship in Music Production • Popular Music

Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 Department of Music Concert and Lecture Series

(All events free unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, February 17, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Songwriting workshop I: Internationally Recognized Singer/Songwriter Ari Hest

Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 PM – H 110
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Other Legends: Caroline Borderies and Maud Aptekar, shadow puppeteers; Dr. Mirna Lekic, piano

Wednesday, March 2, 12:30 PM
Music Production Career Panel - Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)

Wednesday, March 9, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Chamber Works of Bohuslav Martinu: Miroslav Hristov, violin; Yuri Gandelsman, viola; Vladimir Valjarevic, piano

Wednesday, March 16, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Songwriting workshop II: internationally recognized singer/songwriter Ari Hest

Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 PM — Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Professor Ernie Jackson Presents: Evening Guitars for Everyone

Wednesday, March 30, 12:30 PM – Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Mingus Big Band: Sue Mingus, director. Celebrating the music of legendary Jazz bassist Charles Mingus

Wednesday, April 6, 12:30 PM – Queensborough Performing Arts Center
QCC All-Faculty Recital

Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 PM – Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Instrumental & Vocal Ensemble and Jazz ensemble Concert:  Drs. Joanne Chang and Scott Litroff, directors

Wednesday, May 4, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall (H 144)
Music Student Concert

Saturday, May 7, 7:00 PM -- Queensborough Performing Arts Center
The Sounds of Spring: Choral and Percussion Concert, Drs. Steven Dahlke and Neeraj Mehta, directors (tickets available at the door: $3 - $8 admission)

Wednesday, May 11, 12:30 PM – Kurzweil Recital Hall
Singing and Swinging: Songs for Voice and Sax, Dr. Steven Dahlke, vocalist; Dr. Scott Litroff, saxophone

Wednesday, May 18, 12:30 PM – Student Union Lounge
Music Society Spring Concert: Dr. Scott Litroff, Faculty Advisor

Faculty & Staff

Associate Professor:

Assistant Professor:


Senior College Laboratory Technician:

Ronaldo Carter

Professors Emeriti: Raoul Camus, Martin Canellakis, Myron Rosenblum, R. John Specht

Adjunct faculty number approximately 18 each year.

Office Personnel:
Silvia Loza, CUNY Office Assistant

Contact the Music Department directly for further information.


Room H-140 Humanities Building
Tel: (718) 631-6393 / Fax: (718) 631-6041

Dr. Kip Montgomery, Chairperson

Ms. Silvia Loza, Office Assistant