Associate of Science in Music


Nyack’s associate’s degree in music is designed to provide training in music reading, analysis, and performance, which will enhance the skills needed for employment in music-related fields. The intention of this degree is to provide music skills, experience, and knowledge appropriate for music related occupations rather than to just prepare for transferring into a four-year degree program.

Why Study Music at Nyack?
  • Broad, flexible music curriculum

  • Theoretical emphases

  • Training in accompanying for pianists

  • A truly balanced curriculum in the liberal arts and music

  • Preparation for easy transition into a 4-year music program

  • Music electives that provide the freedom to focus on individual interests

What Will I Study?

You will take courses in the liberal arts and sciences, Bible and Christian ministry, and the following music components:

  • Music Appreciation

  • Music Theory and Ear Training

  • Private Applied Lessons

  • Music Technology and Studio Recording

  • Performance: Individual and Ensemble

Career Opportunities

Graduates can expect to seek careers in the music business industry (recording, publishing, business, etc.), music in ministry, as well as moving into a bachelor’s degree program in music.

Our Graduates

Our recent music graduates have gone on to excel in the following professions:

  • Music Ministry: Creative Arts Pastor

  • Recording Artist

  • Recording Studio Owner/Producer

  • Performing Artist


Credits:  60
Standard Completion Time:  2 years
Specialized Accreditation:  NASM* (National Association of Schools of Music) 

*Rockland Campus Onl


“My experience at the Nyack School of Music helped to awaken in me a passion for technique and professionalism. It gave me a deeper appreciation for the fundamental skills that transcend style and genre. I came in feeling like a good vocalist, and I left feeling like a well-rounded musician.” Ernesto Alcantara, Class of  2012