The mission of the Woodwinds Studies masters program is to nurture excellence by providing advanced performance training combined with the finest related academic and music courses.
As a masters student you will develop the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve a high level of musical excellence that will enable you to pursue your career goals as a professional musician and/or through entrepreneurship.
What you'll learn
You will learn to identify repertoire from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, and analyze the performance practices, both historical and contemporary, informing the performance of that repertoire.
You will demonstrate and apply entrepreneurial skills essential to the real and varied world of the music profession which will include concert programming, grant writing, promotional/audience development, website design and press releases.
See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.
How you'll learn
Core and Elective Courses
The 36-point (or credit) program of study consists of two core courses in music research and music history/literature; six courses in music performance, including weekly private study with our faculty; and three elective courses, allowing you to tailor your curriculum toward your specific interests and musical goals.
Solo Master's Recital
You will present a solo master's recital, usually in your final (third or fourth) semester. The recital experience includes a manageable research project that examines a piece or set of pieces on the recital program from the standpoint of music history, music theory/analysis, and/or performance practices.
As a graduate student in our program, you'll have myriad performance opportunities. Several chamber music concerts each year offer chances for you to perform in quintets, quartets, trios, and other mixed ensembles taught by our leading ensemble faculty. The NYU Symphony and Philharmonia present concerts of standard orchestral repertoire and new music, including concertos performed by student concerto competition winners. Additional orchestral experiences are available through our fully staged opera, music theatre productions, recording studio dates, and film scoring projects produced by leading Broadway and major opera company music directors.