Programs - Music Theatre

Music Theatre Master's


The Master of Music program in Vocal Performance with a specialization in Music Theatre is designed for outstanding students interested in intensive performance training within the stimulating academic environment of an internationally acclaimed liberal arts/research university. Students study with renowned faculty through private lessons, studio/workshop classes, lecture classes, master classes, and seminars. They perform in fully staged productions of the highest caliber under the guidance of directors, choreographers, conductors, and designers from Broadway and major regional theatre communities.

NEW: 48 credits combined Master of Music in Vocal Performance  (Music Theatre or Classical Voice) and the Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy.

Mission Statement and Student Learning Objectives

The Master of Music program in Vocal Performance is designed to provide singers with a solid foundation of healthy vocal technique on which they can build a career in whatever area of voice performance they might choose to pursue.

 It is the goal of the program that each student achieve a level of performance excellence that makes it possible for that student to enter the field of professional vocal performance.  In order to accomplish that goal, each student must demonstrate a technical foundation in vocal production that will allow that student’s voice to evolve in an efficient and healthy manner throughout the years that follow that student’s training at NYU.  In addition, each student must demonstrate a respect for of the value of the text – the words that are sung as well as the sounds that are made – along with an demonstrable understanding that the best singing is an amalgamation of a freely produced sound and a personal need to communicate.

Course Work 

Course work includes classes in music theatre history and repertoire as well as training in voice with leading vocalists from New York's professional community. Acting and dance classes are conducted by working professionals in the industry, and classes are offered in diction, speech, audition and business skills, and stagecraft. Every semester a sequence of music theatre workshops focuses on song analysis, character analysis, music theatre styles, and vocal production. Music Theatre majors have the opportunity to cross traditional lines and benefit from classical voice training and the opportunity to participate in opera workshops as well as fully-staged opera productions.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires a total of 36 credits and can be completed in three semesters. All masters candidates perform a graduate recital as their terminal degree experience. Our department's programs in Music Technology, Music Business, and Music Education provide students with elective courses that further prepare them for employment opportunities in the world of professional music performance.

Integration of Singing and Acting

The Steinhardt School's Program in Vocal Performance offers music-based training for a career in music theatre performance.  Our curriculum is designed for the accomplished young singer who seeks a program that fully integrates the study of voice with the study of acting.  We are committed to the traditions of classically-based vocal training while at the same time creating an environment that allows a student to explore the wide-range of music theatre and popular repertoire that is expected of today's professional singers.

Performance Skills

The core of our music theatre specialization training - along with private voice study, acting, dance, music theatre repertoire, and music theatre history - lies in a series of intensive performance skills workshops that explore such critical areas as movement, speech, diction, song study, scene study, audition skills, and business skills - the essential "tools of the trade" that a young artist needs in order to pursue a professional career.

Performance Opportunities

In addition to work in classrooms and studios, the program offers performance opportunities in fully-staged productions under the guidance of professional directors, choreographers, conductors, musical directors, and designers.  Our guest artists and faculty are drawn from New York's vibrant community of professional artists who count among their credits Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theatre, and national tours.

Graduation Showcase

Students specializing in Music Theatre make their New York "debut" in their final semester as they are presented to New York's agents, casting directors, directors, and producers in their Graduation Showcase - a revue designed to feature the work of each student and help them make their first professional contacts in the industry.