Develop your musical talents while learning how to showcase your performance skills, foster your career in composition, and collaborate with other artists.
See for yourself.
Musicians belong at Villa. If you’re serious about music, you don’t pick it—it picks you. At Villa, you won’t be limited by traditional paths of study. Pop, jazz, hip-hop, rap: Here, all genres are welcome. Practice your craft and get the business acumen to make a career out of it, whether you’re a practicing musician in the music industry program or ready to focus whole-heartedly on the recording industry.
All Music Industry students must complete a Recital Seminar course during their tenure at Villa. The class aims to create well-rounded musicians, capable of success in any situation by teaching musical artistic preparation, professional performance etiquette and stage demeanor. The importance of selecting the appropriate genre, audience, purpose and venue are all explored in this class.
As a testament to the hard work Music Industry students put in during their time at Villa, each graduating senior develops, prepares for and presents a senior performance recital. Created under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and in collaboration with a student’s applied music instructor, students are expected to deliver a professional-level performance as a program capstone course.
Over the course of their 4 years at Villa, all Music Industry students are required to complete a set amount of internship hours. This helps you learn to apply what you are learning in the classroom in a professional setting and prepares you to work in the entertainment business after graduation. Past internships have been completed at:
- Deep Thinka Records
- GB Audio
- Al Hemer Music Corporation
- Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
- World of Noise Recording Studio
- Sonic Farm Studio
- Mark Custom Recording
- Chautauqua Institution
- Indigo Productions
- Riviera Theatre
- Rapids Theatre
- O’Connell and Company Productions
- Art Services Initiative of Western NY
Whether you’re a die-hard pianist or a passionate vocalist, it is important to develop an appreciation for many other forms of music. As a graduation requirement, all Music Industry students are required to attend 5 concerts per semester. Villa hosts several weekly concerts that are free, but students are welcome to check out concerts in other places in order to fulfill this requirement.
You must attain a minimum grade of C in all music courses, fulfill recital seminar and concert attendance requirements, and complete four semesters of performance ensemble.
Join the family.
There’s a lot of pressure to know what’s next. We’re here to say, it’s OK if you’re still figuring it out. In fact, it’s great. Villa is a place where that kind of continual discovery is prized. Because going to college isn’t about having it all figured out. It’s about inventing who you’re going to become. You’ll see.