Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Undergraduate Students FAQ

Where do graduates find employment after graduating from the program?

Many students find employment through the Music Technology's extensive internship progam. Otherwise, most students find employment shortly after graduating from the program in one of the following areas:

  • Audio engineering
  • Audio production
  • Education
  • Live sound reinforcement
  • Mastering
  • Media art
  • Post-production
  • Sound design
  • Employment: through internship too
If I'm not a registered student, can I still take a class in the program?

Yes, non-matriculated students may take a class with permission from the program.

What is the difference between the Music Technology program at Steinhardt and the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music?


Tisch's Clive Davis Department of Recorded music grants a BFA degree. By way of difference, students majoring in Steinhardt's Music Business Program or Steinhardt's Music Technology Program receive the B.M., the bachelor of music degree. Furthermore, Steinhardt Music Business and Music Technology students are required to complete an audition and to read music prior to admission to Steinhardt.

In accordance with national standards for undergraduate degrees in music, Steinhardt Music Business and Music Technology majors are required to complete 16 "core" courses, four each in (1) Music Theory, (2) Music History, (3) Aural Comprehension, and (4) Keyboard Skills. That "core" curriculum of sixteen courses is not offered in Tisch.

While there are longstanding master's programs in Music Business and Music Technology in The Steinhardt School, at present, only the BFA is offered in Tisch's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. 


Is there an internship program?

Undergraduates in music technology are required to do at least 3 credits of internship. The Music Technology program is affiliated with many studios and companies in the NYC area through our network of industry contacts, faculty, and alumni, and resources are available to students looking for positions. Students also find internships on their own which focus on specific areas of interest to the student. Internship opportunites outside the city are also possible during the summer months.

Research internships are also available to students, and are designed to develop and support partnerships between students and faculty in the music technology program. They offer students the chance to work on cutting edge research and gain practical skills in all phases of standard research activity: developing initiatives, conducting research projects, analyzing data, and presenting results. Internship projects center around the around major research areas of the faculty.

What facilities are available to music technology students?

There are several teaching studios for music technology.  They range from computer based production stations to fully-featured recording and post-production studios.  The studios are fitted with Apple computers running the latest music production software such as Logic, Protools, Digital Performer, Reason, Max/MSP and numerous plugins such as Waves, GRM Tools, Native Instruments, etc.

For more information, please visit the Studios page.

Who are the faculty members in the program?

A core group of full-time faculty lead the program, produce original research, develop and teach courses, as well as a varitable pantheon of adjunct instructors who teach a class or two while maintaining a full-time career in music technology outside academia.  This mix of reseach and professional applications provide music technology students with a broad and deep understanding of the field.

A listing of our faculty is available here.

Is there financial aid available?

All non-international students are eligible for some form of financial aid.  For more information, please visit the Music Technology Financial Aid page, and be sure to look at the more general Steinhardt Financial Aid page.

How much is tuition?

Tuition information can be found on the Graduate Admissions Tuition and Other Expenses page.

Are any standardized testing scores required for admission to the program?

Only one SAT score is required, and the student's audition tape will be considered in the place of any SAT Subject tests.

General questions regarding university admissions should refer to the Undergraduate Admissions page.