Department: Music

Department of Music

Humanities Building, Room 140
Music Department Website

Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Bjorn Berkhout, Chairperson

  • Full Professors: Joanne Chiung-Wen Chang

  • Associate Professors: Bjorn Berkhout, Steven Dahlke, Mirna Lekic, Scott Litroff, Neeraj Mehta, Kip Montgomery

  • Assistant Professors: Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols,

  • Lecturers: Robert Anderson, Ernest Jackson

  • Senior College Laboratory Technician: Ronaldo Carter

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

  • Adjunct Faculty: approximately 8 each year

  • Office Personnel: Silvia Loza, CUNY Office Assistant

Programs of Study

  • Music (A.S. Degree Program)

    For students interested in completing an Associate’s degree in music and for transferring to a Bachelor’s degree program in Music, Music Education, or Music Therapy

  • Music Production (A.A.S. Degree Program)

    Offered by the Department of Music for students interested in Sound Engineering and Digital Music Technology

Transfer Options

Within the CUNY System, many colleges offer bachelor’s degree programs in music and related majors. (See CUNY's Academic Programs website for more information.) Additionally, Queensborough Community College currently has an agreement with the New York City College of Technology that allows Music Production graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree in an efficient manner after transfer.

New York City College of Technology

  • A.A.S. in Music Production to B.Tech. in Emerging Media Technology (Music Technology Track)

Those interested in the transfer agreement should contact the Transfer Resource Center or the Department for more information.

Music Placement Test

Music Production students (A.A.S. Degree Program) wishing to take certain performance and theory courses in music must demonstrate basic skills in elementary theory, keyboard, and ear training. They may demonstrate these skills either by passing the Music Placement Test or by completing the music fundamentals courses (MUS-111 or MUS-112).

Music students (A.S. Degree Program) should register for Music Theory I (MUS 121) in their first semester. Those Music students who demonstrate basic skills in elementary theory, keyboard, and ear training by passing the Music Placement Test can instead be placed in Music Theory II (MUS 122) with Department consent.

Students wishing to take the Music Placement Test may schedule a time by contacting the department, Humanities Building, Room 140; 718-631-6393


The Music Department facilities consist of two lecture halls (including Kurzweil Recital Hall), two piano laboratories, two professional digital multi-track recording studios, two 15 station hard-disk recording and music technology laboratories, a Pro-Tools mixing suite, and a music technology practice center that offers access to 15 computers with synthesizers, five analog mixing stations, and eight digital pianos. All rooms feature intranet and internet connectivity.

Departmental Awards for Student Excellence

  • 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