Programs - Music Composition

BM in Music Theory and Composition

Rigorous Study in Music and Liberal Arts with Ample Performance Opportunities.
Concentrations in Scoring for Film and Multimedia and Contemporary Production and Songwriting

 

Degree:
Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition (options for concentrations in Scoring for Film and Multimedia and Contemporary Production and Songwriting)

Format:
Full-time or part-time

Credits:
128

Start Date:
Fall or Spring semester

Application Deadline:
November 1 (Early Decision 1)
January 1 (Regular Decision and Early Decision 2)
March 1 (Internal Transfer Applications)
April 1 (Transfer Applications)
Spring: October 1

In this bachelor of music program, you'll complete rigorous academic studies in both music and liberal arts, working closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers. You'll be actively involved in the performance of your works – in concerts and readings by NYU performance groups in residence, school performing ensembles, and chamber groups specially hired for specific composition concerts – and collaborate with performers, dancers, and actors at NYU and throughout New York City. 

What you'll learn
  • Music theory and analysis, music history, aural comprehension, and keyboard skills
  • Orchestration and conducting
  • Electives in music technology and music business
  • In the Film Scoring concentration: contemporary scoring techniques, and orchestration and recording for film
  • In the Contemporary Production and Songwriting concentration: the art and craft of writing, producing, and recording songs, and the business structure of the music industry

See the curriculum and requirements for Music Composition, Film Scoring concentration, and Contemporary Production and Songwriting concentration

How you'll learn

A Full Liberal Arts Education with Specialized Music Training
To complete this bachelor's degree, you'll take 128 points, or credits, of classes: 40 in liberal arts and 88 in music. You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, as well as music core courses, and music specialization courses, working closely with renowned composition faculty. You'll learn how to use industry-standard music technology.

Performance and Networking Opportunities
As a student in our program, you will have multiple opportunities to have your concert works performed in concerts, residencies, and readings by NYU performance groups, such as the NYU Orchestra and NYU Percussion Ensemble. You'll collaborate with performers, dancers, and actors in NYU Steinhardt's Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Instrumental and Vocal Performance programs, as well as with other New York City musicians and artists. You'll participate in our weekly Composers Forum, where you will meet and work with world-renowned composers and performers, prepare two student showcases per semester, and attend highlights in the New York City new music concert season.

Study Abroad
You'll have the unique opportunities to study music abroad at NYU Prague or NYU Paris, receiving specialized music training in music composition, music history and theory, music performance, and other related topics of study.

Concentration in Scoring for Film and Multimedia

The courses necessary for the concentration replace 18 points currently dedicated to electives for the BM in Music Theory and Composition. As a student in this concentration, you will have the opportunity to record with different ensembles, from hybrid sessions with virtuosic soloists to scoring for string and symphonic orchestras. You'll participate in our weekly FRIDAY@1:00 series, where you will meet and share your work with renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives.

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with student filmmakers from the Tisch School of the Arts’ Maurice Kanbar Film Institute, School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University. Over the years, our students have scored over a thousand films in collaboration with Tisch, many of which have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Concentration in Contemporary Production and Songwriting

The courses necessary for the concentration replace 16 of the 18 points currently dedicated to electives for the BM in Music Theory and Composition. You'll take classes in songwriting history and criticism, studio production techniques, the business structure of the music industry, and recording technology and participate in the Songwriters Forum, a seminar geared toward developing the art and craft of writing popular songs. In this series of master classes, you'll write and develop your songs, receive feedback from professional songwriters, and collaborate with other lyricists and composers.

Dual degree option: BM Music Composition/MA Music Education

We also offer a dual degree that allows you to earn a bachelor of music in composition or performance and a master of arts in music education in only five years. You can take courses towards your graduate degree during your junior and senior years, then complete the MA in one additional year of study, becoming eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music, grades K-12. See more information about this dual degree and how to apply.

For more information about this BM program, please contact

Dr. Youngmi Ha
youngmi.ha@nyu.edu

Scoring for Film and Multimedia concentration
Dr. Ron Sadoff
ron.sadoff@nyu.edu 
or
Mark Suozzo
mark.suozzo@nyu.edu

Contemporary Production and Songwriting concentration
Phil Galdston
phil.galdston@nyu.edu