Programs - Woodwind Studies

BM in Woodwind Studies

Intensive Woodwind Performance Training at a Liberal Arts University

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance with a Focus on Woodwind Studies

Full-time or part-time


Start Date:
Fall or Spring semester

Application Deadline:
November 1 (Early Decision 1)
January 1 (Regular Decision and Early Decision 2)
March 1 (Internal Transfer Applications)
April 1 (Transfer Applications)
Spring: October 1

In this bachelor of music program, you'll receive professional performance training while completing academic studies in music and the liberal arts. 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
  • Music history
  • Music theory
  • Aural comprehension
  • Keyboard harmony and improvisation
  • Electives and internships in music business, music technology, jazz studies, and music education

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How you'll learn

A Full Liberal Arts Education in a Conservatory Setting
To complete this bachelor's degree, you'll take 130 points, or credits, of classes: 40 in liberal arts and 90 in music. You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, including introductory study of the humanities, social sciences, science, and quantitative reasoning, as well as complete core music classes, including four semesters each in music history, music theory, aural comprehension, and keyboard harmony and improvisation.

Performance Opportunities Throughout 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. You will present recitals in your junior and senior years. 

Dual degree option: BM Music Performance/MA Music Education

We also offer a dual degree that allows you to earn a bachelor of music in composition or performance and a master of arts in music education in only five years. You can take courses towards your graduate degree during your junior and senior years, then complete the MA in one additional year of study, becoming eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of music, grades K-12. See more information about this dual degree and how to apply.

Minor in Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology

The popular BEMT minor allows students to take electives that focus on the business aspects of the media and entertainment world. You will have the opportunity to pursue this cross-school minor that will allow you to take courses at Stern, Tisch, and Steinhardt. Learn more about the minor and its requirements.

For more information about this BM program, please contact

Esther Lamneck
Program Director