Woodwind Studies

Woodwind Studies FAQ


Q: Is this a performance program? Why is it part of the Steinhardt School?

A. New York University's "school of music" has historically been housed in the Steinhardt School, beginning in 1925, and has become a part of both the structure and tradition of NYU. Instrumental Woodwind Performance - like its sister programs in brass, piano, strings, vocal, percussion, and jazz studies - is indeed a performance program. It offers conservatory-like training within the context of a demanding liberal arts curriculum. Students graduating from the program receive no teacher training and are not certified to teach in public schools.

Q: Is it possible to do a double major in Music Performance and Music Education?

A. Students cannot double major in two music programs. Since a large number of the 90 music credits, including the 26 core music credits are the same for all music programs a double major is not possible as there isn't a sufficient amount of different courses in the different programs.

Q: How are students matched with private teachers?

A. During the application process students are required to audition for members of the instrumental performance faculty. Here their ability and level of development are assessed. Requests for specific teachers are considered. Some faculty require private meetings and auditions with students. Learn more and sign up for private lessons here.

Q: How do I arrange an audition?

A. Students must first apply to New York University through either Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions. You will then be able to set up an audition. Please see our Auditions tab for more information.

Q: What is required in the audition?

A. Please see our repertoire pages on the upper left side of our Auditions page.

Q: Are there many performance opportunities for students?

A: There are many performance opportunities for students both within and off-campus and throughout New York City. The NYU Symphony and Repertory Orchestras performs several concerts throughout the year. As well there are ample opportunities for students to perform solo and chamber music works; there are twelve regular chamber music concerts each year. Students also perform with the various opera, music theatre, contemporary music and dance ensembles.