Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Music Department

Undergraduate Music Study in Prague

Why study abroad?

Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, is a center for symphonic and ensemble music performance, opera, theatre, jazz, composition, film scoring, music business, and music technology. Today, Prague is a major training ground for some of the finest jazz and classical performers in Europe and has become a music industry and film music hub. A global perspective in your studies is a key ingredient in your education and preparation for the professional world. Read about our program in the Prague Post.

How does it work?

Undergraduates studying abroad take NYU courses, are guaranteed housing through NYU, and have many of their classes in the NYU Academic Center. Courses are taught in English by renowned scholars, artists, and musicians. If you are an NYU student, your grades and credits appear directly on your NYU records. If you are a visiting student, NYU will send a transcript to your home institution for credit transfer.

What are the details?

Tuition at NYU in Prague is the same as at NYU’s Washington Square campus in New York City. If you’re a current NYU student, your financial aid package travels abroad with you. Non-NYU students can find tuition and fee information and learn about scholarship opportunities on the NYU Global Academic Centers site. The cost of your housing abroad may actually be less than it would be at NYU’s Washington Square campus. Prague is filled with casual restaurants and cafés where the food is delicious and inexpensive. When you prefer to cook, there are kitchens and cookware in the student residences and plenty of shops and markets nearby.

What is my next step?

The Prague music curriculum was created to enable music majors to move through their programs of music study as if they were at their own school. Please consult with your academic adviser to plan your course of study for the coming semesters. You can apply to the music programs abroad at the NYU Global Academic Centers site.

How do I apply?

Students interested in enrolling in NYU music programs abroad should apply using the online application found on the NYU Global Academic Centers site. The admissions process ensures that all students studying abroad with NYU are capable of performing at the same high academic standards as on our Washington Square campus. Deadlines and application requirements are posted on the website.

Fall and Spring in Prague

Music History and Theory

Prague Fall Curriculum

Topics in 20th-Century Music

4 points

Music History III: 19th-Century Music

2 points

Music Theory III

2 points

Aural Comprehension III

1 point

Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation III

1 point

Prague Spring Curriculum

Music History IV: 20th Century

2 points

Music Theory IV: 20th Century

2 points

Music History II: Baroque and Classical

2 points

Keyboard Harmony and Improvisation IV

1 point

Aural Comprehension IV

1 point

Applied Music

Students may take one 3-point, weekly individual lesson and up to two ensembles per semester. Individual music instruction and group ensembles meet one hour per week.

Individual Instruction on Wind or Percussion Instruments
Includes all woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments; classical and jazz styles.

3 points

Individual Instruction on String Instruments
Includes all string orchestral instruments and guitar; classical and jazz styles.

3 points

Individual Instruction on Piano
Classical and jazz styles.

3 points

Individual Voice Instruction
Classical, music theatre, and jazz styles.

3 points

Individual Music Composition Instruction
Traditional, music theatre, film scoring, and jazz styles.

3 points

Chamber Ensembles
Classical chamber groups; duo and larger. (Placement audition required on site during first week.)

1 point

Jazz Ensembles
Jazz groups: duo and larger. (Placement audition required on site during first week.)

1 point

Theatre

Contemporary European Theater: A Comparative Study

4 points

Twenty-first Century Theatermakers

4 points

Business and Economics

Music business majors should confer with their academic adviser as to the possible use of these business and economics courses to satisfy their program of study requirements. A list of courses is available on the NYU Global Academic Centers site.

Language Courses

Elementary- and intermediate-level courses are available in Czech and German, among others. A full list of language courses is available on the NYU Global Academic Centers site.

Internships in Music Business and Music Technology

Internship site assignments are administered by the NYU staff in Prague. Students are placed in various professional venues, such as concert halls, record companies, recording studios, television and radio stations, theatres, management companies, and other areas of the music industry. Only music technology majors are allowed to register for music technology internships.

Internship in Music Business
Permission of Steinhardt School music business faculty required. One point for every 50 hours of on-site internship.

1 -3 points

Internship in Music Technology
Permission of Steinhardt School music technology faculty required. Music technology majors only. One point for every 50 hours of on-site internship.

1 -3 points

Steinhardt School Independent Study
Permission of Steinhardt School music faculty required. If in the form of a field placement, 1 point for every 45 hours of on-site fieldwork.

1 -3 points

College of Arts and Science Independent Study in Music
Permission of College of Arts and Science music faculty required.

2-4 points

Teaching Observations

Music education and educational theatre majors are required to complete hours of observations each semester in a teaching setting pursuant to teacher certification regulations. These teaching observations are completed before student teaching and do not include any student teaching activities. Music and theatre teaching venues conducted in English are available. Teaching observation placements are administered by the NYU in Prague staff. Permission from Steinhardt School music education or educational theatre faculty is required.

For the most current listing of course offerings in music and other subject areas, visit the NYU Global Academic Centers site.

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