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Advanced Diploma in Classical Instrumental Performance

This 18-credit post-master’s artist diploma addresses the specific needs of advanced students and young professionals preparing for a career in music performance. The program includes ongoing development of technique and musicianship, with an emphasis placed on private lessons, ensemble participation, and preparation for professional auditions and competitions. Your course work will allow you to focus on your primary area of study while preparing for a vast number of professional opportunities.

Students may choose from the following areas of study: Brass StudiesPercussion StudiesString Studies, or Woodwind Studies

Academic Plan Code: CLAS

Degree: ADPL

Credits: 18

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Summer: n/a
Fall: January 6

Program Information
Brass Studies
Percussion Studies
String Studies
Woodwind Studies

Admissions Requirements

Since this is a post-master's program, a master's degree is required prior to enrolling in this program.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

An audition is required. You should submit an audition video online via GetAcceptd. After you create a GetAcceptd account, you can complete your application and upload any required materials.

All prospective students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition.

See audition details for:

2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


Brass Studies

Audition Details and Requirements

You should submit an audition video online via GetAcceptd.

  • Prepare two contrasting études, two contrasting solo movements, and four orchestral excerpts
  • Accompanists are not required

If you have any questions, please contact Wayne du Maine, Director of Brass Studies, at

Percussion Studies

Your Audition

Upon submitting your application and materials, contact Professor Jonathan Haas immediately at to discuss your audition.

You should submit your audition video through GetAcceptd.

We understand that you may currently have limited access to the instruments you need. We are committed to working with all applicants and will offer ultimate flexibility during these difficult times. To discuss possible options and alternatives, please reach out to Jonathan Haas and Sean Statser. We look forward to speaking with you further about the NYU Percussion Studies Program!

Audition Details and Requirements


  • Marimba
    • One major work from the four mallet solo marimba repertoire
  • Snare drum
    • One solo from the Delecluse 12 Etudes of applicant’s choosing
  • Timpani
    • One Carter Solo of applicant’s choosing
  • Multi solo
    • One solo from the major percussion repertoire of applicant’s choosing
  • Orchestra excerpts: 
    • One major work each, of applicant’s choosing, for
      • Xylophone
      • Snare drum
      • Timpani

    String Studies

    Schedule Your Audition

    Applicants should contact to schedule an audition.

    Audition Details and Requirements

    Violin repertoire:

    1. A first or last movement from a standard concerto memorized
    2. Two movements of unaccompanied Bach memorized
    3. A twentieth-century composition
    4. A virtuosic solo piece

    Viola repertoire:

    1. Two movements of a major work from the concerto repertoire memorized
    2. Three movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite (originally for cello) or sonata or partitas (originally for violin) memorized
    3. One movement of a major work from the sonata repertoire
    4. A work or movement composed post-1960

    Cello repertoire:

    1. Two movements of a standard concerto memorized
    2. Three movements from a Bach suite memorized
    3. A complete sonata: Brahms, Beethoven, Shostakovich or comparable work
    4. A work or movement composed post-1960

    Double bass repertoire:

    1. First two movements of Dittersdorf, Koussevitzky, Vanhal, or Bottesini concerti, memorized
    2. Two movements of an unaccompanied Bach cello suite, memorized

    Harp repertoire:
    Substitutions of equal level/ability may be made with a prior consultation with Prof. Bridget Kibbey (

    1. One Schmidt étude
    2. Faure Impromptu or Chatelaine en sa Tour
    3. Contemporary piece of applicant's choice

    Woodwind Studies

    Audition Details and Requirements

    • Prepare three complete contrasting works from different style periods.
    • Accompanists are not required
    • Upload a copy of your resume

    If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Woodwind Studies, Esther Lamneck, at