All prospective and transfer students must first submit an application for admission to the Steinhardt School at New York University before scheduling an audition below. You can find information on the application process through the appropriate admissions office.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Graduate Admissions
Doctoral candidates should visit the Doctoral page for separate instructions and should contact the program director directly for an audition.
Audition Dates and Registration Information
Music Education: Please note that we welcome and encourage visits to any music education class. To set up a visit, undergraduate applicants should feel free to contact Ira Shankman at 212 998 5244 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and graduate applicants may contact Nancy Shankman at 212 998 5539 or email@example.com.
Undergraduate audition dates:
Contact Ira Shankman with any questions.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 (Undergraduate Open House & Early Decision I auditions)
Saturday, February 2, 2013 (undergraduate applicants; only audition available for Early Decision II students)
Saturday, February 9, 2013 (undergraduate applicants)
Sunday, February 17, 2013 (Final Freshman Audition)
Saturday, April 6, 2013 (Transfers Only)
Graduate audition dates:
Contact Nancy Shankman with any questions. Candidates for graduate spring admission, must audition on the October or November dates:
Saturday, October 27, 2012 (graduates degree applicants)
Saturday, November 3, 2012 (graduates degree applicants)
Saturday, February 9, 2013 (graduates degree applicants)
Saturday, February 23, 2013 (graduates degree applicants)
Saturday, March 2, 2013 (graduates degree applicants)
***If you cannot audition in person, you may submit an audition video online instructions here or send an audition DVD to:
Attn: Prof. Ira Shankman (undergraduate), or Prof. Nancy Shankman (graduate)
NYU Steinhardt / Major ________________
Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
35 W. 4th Street, Suite 777, New York, NY 10012
Please clearly indicate the applicant's name, program applied to, and NYU ID number (if applicable) on the DVD. Undergraduates should include their essay with their submission. All submissions for Regular Decision should be received by January 1 or as soon as possible after the submitted application. Early Decision I submissions should be received by November 1st, and Early Decision II submissions should be received by January 1st.
Click here to use an online form to schedule your Music Education audition after you have applied
Please bring a 300 to 500 word essay to the audition. In the essay, discuss a significant issue in music education as it relates to one or more of the following:
- the values of music education in/for society
- educating the whole child
- the characteristics of excellent teachers/teaching
- the role of popular music in music education
- the role of music technology in music education
If you need an accompanist, please indicate this when you sign up for your audition (check box on audition form).
Orchestral Instruments: two pieces in contrasting styles, one of those styles could include a selection from the jazz repertoire
Piano: three pieces in contrasting styles, one of those styles could include a selection from the jazz repertoire
Voice: two pieces in contrasting styles; choose from two different periods or two different languages, one of the contrasting styles could include a music theater piece
Performance Audition: Please prepare three pieces in contrasting styles. If you are a composer, provide recorded examples of your compositions and/or scores. If you need an accompanist, please indicate this when you sign up for your audition (check box on audition form).
Bring the following to your audition:
a. A list of your repertoire
b. The names of teachers with whom you have studied
c. The repertoire (with composers) that you will be performing for the audition
Examples of Writing:
For Masters’ applicants: Please provide an example of your writing (e.g., an essay you have written for an undergraduate course.)
For Doctoral applicants: Please provide two examples of your writing (e.g., essays that were written for MA work that best represent your ability to conduct scholarly research and writing.