Graduate Student Spotlights

Grant Damron

Music Composition for Film and Multimedia

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
When I applied to graduate programs, I applied to three at NYU -- ITP, Gallatin, and the Steinhardt Scoring for Film and Multimedia program. Ultimately, I settled on Steinhardt because it allows me to build on my strengths as a composer while also exploring everything NYU has to offer in other programs. Currently, I am enrolled in one ITP class and one Music Technology class that perfectly augment my goals as a composer and musician.
My favorite course:
Private Lessons in Composition with Ira Newborn
My biggest challenge is:
Mastering the art of music...
My favorite blog:
The Score (
Why I went to Graduate School:
It was going to happen eventually, and the time was finally right.
The worst gift I've ever received:
Socks. But the truth is that I really needed them.
The most obscure research I've ever done:
Problems that arise due to a lack of standardization for the implementation electronic components in contempory concert music
The professor who influenced me the most:
Ira Newborn, who rips apart my work every week
What I do to de-stress:
I take a walk in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, my key to survival in the city.
The place I would most like to visit is:
Too many places to name. But to start with Rara Lake in NW Nepal.
My secret passion is:
Building furniture out of reclaimed materials (current project: dining room table made out of decrepit door)
My favorite line from a song is:
"My heart is full of the pain of disco" (Dil mein mere hai dard-e-disco)

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Portland, Oregon
What are your plans after you graduate?
Onward to a PhD
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship; NYU Film Scoring Competition Winner
Community Service and Other Activities:
Something I prefer not to taint by trumpeting