String Studies

String Studies FAQ


Q:  Why is the music program in the Steinhardt School?
A:  Since 1925, NYU’s “school of music” has been housed in the Steinhardt School.  Music’s home in Steinhardt has become a part of the structure and tradition of NYU.  The string performance program offers traditional conservatory training within the context of a demanding liberal arts curriculum.  However, unless they choose to pursue a degree in education, students graduating from the music performance program receive no teacher training and are not certified to teach in public schools.

Q:  How do I arrange an audition?
A:  To arrange an audition, you must first apply to NYU through either Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions.  You may do so online at  Once you have applied, you will be sent a letter telling you to schedule an audition.  For more information on auditions, see our Auditions page.

Q:  What is required in the audition?
A:  Audition requirements vary according to the instrument you play and the degree for which you are applying.  Audition requirements are listed on the upper left side of our Auditions page.

Q:  Are there many performance opportunities for students?
A:  Students are provided with multiple performance opportunities throughout New York City.  On campus, students perform in the NYU Symphony, Repertory, and Community Orchestras in several concerts during the school year.  Additionally, there are ample opportunities for students to perform solo and chamber music; there are twelve regular chamber music concerts every semester and weekly hour-long student recitals throughout the academic year.  String students are also able to perform with various opera, musical theatre, contemporary music, and dance ensembles.  Student musicians may choose to collaborate with composition students to play, perform, premiere, and possibly even record their work.

Q:  Are there practice rooms available for student use?
A:  There are over eighty practice rooms on campus, many of which contain pianos and mirrors.  Practice and rehearsal rooms are located in the Tower building, the Kimmel Center, and of course, in Steinhardt.  There are also piano and practice rooms in freshman and upperclassmen dorms, such as Goddard Hall and Palladium Hall.

Q:  Where do students keep their instruments?
A:  String students can store their instruments in lockers in Steinhardt, where they are safe and accessible.