School of Music - Alliance University

School of Music - Alliance University

Welcome to Nyack College School of Music!  Nyack offers you a stunning metro location, with a view of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. Downtown New York is a very exciting place to be, close to Broadway and with the wonderful performance venues of midtown minutes away. You will have a rich experience such as few colleges can provide, in a Christian environment that will help you grow exponentially!

Nyack College is known worldwide for its Christian commitment, its academic strength, and its ethnic diversity. As part of the School of Music, you will study and perform a variety of music genres: from Classical to Contemporary, from Gospel to Jazz, from Opera to Broadway. Along the way to graduation, you will have the opportunity to participate in an off-Broadway production, to enjoy international travel, to make interstate and international tours, and to perform in interborough concerts in the great City of New York. You will be enriched by the fellowship of Christian performing artists, be they faculty or students. You will bring music to people for whom it is healing and life-sustaining. In sharing these events with others, you will write your own story and craft your own future, always under the grace and guidance of God.

What will your story add to the history of Nyack College? As you study and worship at Nyack, you will hear many stories about what God has done and is doing in the lives of His people. To know God more fully and make Him known is at the heart of every Christian educator and performer.

Music has provided inspiration for every great movement of history—indeed, music has helped shape our world. As you take up the challenge to inspire meaningful change, you will find Nyack College a supportive home in which you can begin to fulfill your visions and goals. Please avail yourself of every opportunity to get to know all of us; we are eager to have you with us and eager to serve.

Again, welcome!
Dr. Sue Lane Talley
Dean, School of Music

Our Commitment. In all things, Christ is preeminent. We desire to learn and witness as a Christian college community within one of the great cities of the world. We desire to bring to our students and community the highest quality education—in and for Christ!

Our Students. We are proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse student populations in any college in America. We are distinguished by students of exceptional talent.

Our Unity. Unity in diversity is not just reflected by our ethnicities, but by the many churches represented on our campus. We draw our student population from as close as Manhattan to the far reaches of our world, thanks to our international students.

Our Atmosphere. Each School within the college framework is its own special family. You will feel at home when you come to your first classes and rehearsals. Your gifts will be encouraged and developed by a staff of experienced, performing musicians, and by the warm support of your peers. You will have frequent opportunities to perform, both on campus and off. You may choose from several majors, or, as a non-major, you may audition for ensembles and take lessons and classes, when appropriate.

Our Location. You have the opportunity to study music at our campus at the tip of Manhattan in Battery Park where you can see the spire of Trinity Cathedral, the Staten Island Ferry, and the Statue of Liberty from the spacious windows on the music floor of our building.  You will enjoy state-of-the-art music computer labs, beautiful grand pianos in our recital halls, practice rooms, fine instruments, and classrooms equipped with AppleTV – all ready and waiting for you to use!

Our Flexible Music Programs. In the context of an accredited Liberal Arts college, students are encouraged to explore many facets of music and find their own unique calling through a program that meets their needs.

Our Availability. Online and offline, Day and Evening, classes are available to students in the Music program.

Our Global Opportunities. Our students not only have the experience of New York City at their fingertips, but they have the opportunity to study and earn college credits overseas through Nyack College Global Service Learning to places like Italy, Asia, Latin America, and other destinations, led by current music faculty.

Our Faculty. Nyack College School of Music is served by an extraordinary faculty who both love to teach and to perform.  We understand the challenges that you will face in your life as a performer; we have faced similar challenges.  We also understand that great performers need to be great scholars and our faculty members help you meet the challenges of the Literature and Materials of Music through teaching that mixes passion and scholarship with humor.  Private lessons are available in brass and wood orchestral instruments as well as guitar, strings, piano, percussion, electric guitar, electric bass, and voice. Improvisation lessons are offered in the areas of Jazz and Gospel music. Conducting is also offered in the form of private lessons.

Our Ensembles. All of our ensembles are open to all students by audition. Vocal and instrumental ensembles have performed together in galas at David Geffen Hall (formerly known as Avery Fisher Hall) in Lincoln Center, a highlight in our college experiences.  Our Musical Theater Workshop holds their Off-Broadway performances at the American Theater of Actors, in the John Cullum Theater.

  • Vocal: Chorale, Gospel Choir, Opera Theater Workshop, Musical Theater Workshop, Chamber Singers, and Touring Gospel Choir
  • Instrumental: Chamber Orchestra, Small Jazz Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, Chamber Music, and other small instrumental ensembles

Nyack College School of Music is proud to use an innovative method of course delivery through the use of technology titled, iSucceed@Nyack.  iPads and other electronic devices are becoming a part of the learning experience in elementary and secondary schools as well as at the college level. Handheld tablets and similar devices are a part of the working environment in almost every job and vocation today. Success in the future will be largely dependent on one’s ability to use these devices and find innovative ways to implement them in their work.

As we prepare students to enter the workforce, it is our desire that School of Music graduates be the best possible candidates in their vocations, prepared in the use of current technology, and prepared to embrace the future influences and developments in technology.

iSucceed@Nyack has three goals:
  • To make our course delivery system the best it can be
  • To prepare our students in the use of technology as a method of teaching and learning
  • To reduce the cost of the college experience

To achieve these goals, all our music faculty and music students use iPads both in the classrooms as well as in lessons, rehearsals, and even performances!  We have improved the quality of learning at Nyack College School of Music through the use of iPads and interactive electronic textbooks that are less expensive.

All incoming students are given the option to use their own iPad or purchase an iPad that meets the minimum requirements of 32GB or greater and 9.7” or larger.  A third option is to purchase a new iPad through the college.  Music textbooks, ensemble and private lesson music, and most communication are loaded on the iPads, observing all copyright laws and legal restrictions. Students will take their iPad to most ensemble rehearsals and never need to worry about having a physical copy of their music.

Our students utilize supplementary paid apps, which are offered to them as a bundle for a discounted cost:

Quotes from our Professors:
  • I love that I can use my iPad to send links and airdrop videos, pictures, and information that makes learning much more enjoyable and helpful.”
  • “We are able to have all of our music in one place. Most students lose their music when it’s printed, so having it on the iPad, easily accessible, actually helps with the students’ accountability to remain responsible.”
Quotes from our Students:
  • “I enjoy carrying all my music repertoire on my iPad everywhere I go. Whether I am in school, at home, or traveling, I can study and mentally practice my music. I enjoy not having to carry papers around for music and fearing to forget to pack music for a certain class. The iPad has made my life easier and my musical experience more enjoyable.”
  • “As a music student, the best feature on the iPad is the camera/video access where I can record lessons, rehearsals, recitals, etc. This feature allows me to play back any of these events as needed.”