Programs - Woodwind Studies

MM in Woodwind Studies

Advanced Training in Woodwind Studies and Myriad Performance Opportunities

Master of Music in Instrumental Performance with a Focus on Woodwind Studies

Full-time or part-time


Start Date:
Fall, Summer, or Spring semester

Application Deadline:
January 6 (Fall and Sumer)
October 1 (Spring)

Prepare for a career as a professional musician. This master of music program with a focus on woodwind studies combines intensive musical training, related academic study, and performance opportunities throughout New York City. Our renowned woodwind faculty are international soloists, chamber artists, and orchestra players, who perform with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and many other leading organizations. You'll work closely with them in weekly private lessons and repertoire classes, sharing performances and insights in a master class setting.

What you'll learn
  • The knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a high level of musical excellence that enables you to pursue a career as a professional musician
  • How to analyze the performance practices, both historical and contemporary, for repertoire from the 18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, informing the performance of that repertoire
  • Entrepreneurial skills essential to the real and varied world of the music profession, including concert programming, grant writing, promotional/audience development, website design, and press releases.
  • Practical working knowledge of technology commonly used in the music business

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

In addition to the MM program, we also offer a Post-Master's Advanced Certificate in Music Education with a track in performance.

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. We offer elective courses and internships in our acclaimed music business, music technology, music education, and jazz programs that prepare our woodwind students to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing profession.

Solo Master's Recital
You will present a solo master's recital, usually in your last (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.

Performance Opportunities Throughout NYU and New York City
Our resident ensembles – The Quintet of the Americas, The New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, and the NYU New Music Ensemble – offer extraordinary opportunities to interact and perform with leading instrumentalists and artists. Six chamber music concerts each year offer opportunities for you to play in quintets, quartets, and trios as well as with other mixed ensembles taught by our leading chamber music faculty. The NYU Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras present several concerts each year, including performances by concerto competition winners. Orchestral experiences are also available through fully staged opera, music theatre productions, and recording studio dates and film scoring projects produced by leading Broadway and major opera company music directors.

Prepare for a career as a 
  • Music industry leader and performer
  • College or university professor, researcher, or administrator
For more information about this MM program, please contact

Esther Lamneck
Program Director