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BM, Music Education

All prospective and transfer students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Apply for undergraduate study.

Submit Your Pre-Screen Materials

Please note that there is a three part process for acceptances into NYU Steinhardt’s Music Education program. First is the review for Music Education qualifications, which includes the artistic portion of your submission (pre-screen, audition and interview). Second, a recommendation is made by the Music Education faculty to Admissions on your candidacy. Third, Undergraduate Admissions will review the academic portion of your application and makes a decision for acceptance. 

All prospective students are required to submit their application materials online and upload them to GetAcceptd in advance of an in-person audition. In this process, you will-- 

  • Submit performance videos

  • Submit your resume

  • Submit a written essay discussing a significant issue in Music Education

  • Optionally share additional examples of your creative work (compositions, songs, etc.)

Pre-Screen Review Dates

All submissions must be uploaded by the dates below. Materials submitted after these dates may not be accepted.

  • October 29, 2019: Early Decision I/Spring External Transfer 
  • December 17, 2019: Early Decision II
  • January 1, 2020: Regular Decision
  • January 15, 2020: Fall Transfer Applicants

Pre-Screen Details and Requirements

Rather than a single long video, we would like three separate clips: the introduction, the first piece, the second piece, and third piece. It's easier for us to review and easier for you to shoot. We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video. Please do not worry about any elaborate lighting or studio conditions.

Below are the requirements and suggestions for your material:

  • Introduction
    • Please clearly say your name, the city you are from, and the pieces that you are going to perform.
    • Be sure to include the degree level you would be entering (freshman, transfer). Transfers, please note to specify the degree level you are in at your current institution. Then specify when you are applying for transfer. (i.e. I am a current sophomore at Music School University and I will be applying for the Fall 2019 Semester at NYU.)
  • Three piecesYour three selections should consist of contrasting pieces from  musical styles or genres including classical, jazz, and popular music idioms.

    • Each selection should generally be no longer than four minutes each.
    • At least one selection should showcase your familiarity and fluency in reading and interpreting from music notation.
    • If you are applying as a Composition/Songwriting principal, please submit a portfolio of three compositions with recordings (if possible) for review.
  • 300–500 word essay
    • In the essay, discuss a significant issue in music education as it relates to one or more of the following:
      • The values of music education in/for society
      • Educating the whole child
      • The characteristics of excellent teachers/teaching
      • The role of popular music in music education
      • The role of music technology in music education

Please note: As a prospective student, try to think of your audition as a unique opportunity for you to introduce yourself to people who are your advocates and who very much want you to be good at what you do. This mind-set will serve you well in any audition situation. Always remember to take your time and to breathe.

Schedule Your Audition

After uploading the prescreening submission, your materials will be reviewed by our faculty. If, following the review, we require an in-person audition, you will be sent an email invitation, with several choices of dates on which to appear. The review process can take anywhere from 2–4 weeks. If you are invited to an audition, you must prepare materials according to the guidelines below. If you cannot travel to New York, you will have the option of doing a live video audition.

Audition Dates

  • Early Decision I/Spring External Transfers: November 5, 2019
  • Early Decision II: January 11, 2020
  • Regular Decision:  January 25, 2020
  • Regular Decision: February 1, 2020
  • Regular Decision: February 8, 2020
  • Fall External Transfer: February 8, 2020

Note for prospective transfer students: Though NYU's deadline for Spring transfer admission is November 1 and our deadline for Summer/Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application one month in advance. Submitting your Common Application early will leave you more time to schedule an audition by our deadlines above.

Audition Details and Requirements

Accompanist for Auditions are available on a first come first serve basis. If you need an accompanist, please indicate this when you sign up for your audition. If you do not respond by our deadline, we may not be able to accommodate your request. The deadline will be noted on the form.
Location/Time: Auditions will take place at 35 West 4th St, New York, NY 10012. They will be approximately 20 minutes long. Rooms and other details will be emailed if you are invited to audition.


  • Orchestral and Band Instruments: perform two pieces in contrasting styles from any genre, including jazz and other popular idioms
  • Piano/Keyboard: perform two pieces in contrasting styles from any genre, including jazz and other popular idioms
  • Voice: perform two pieces in contrasting styles from any genre, including jazz and other popular idioms
  • Popular Music Instruments: perform two pieces in contrasting styles from any genre, including jazz and other popular idioms
  • Composition/Songwriting: perform two contrasting pieces on voice, instruments, or computer technology, and present and discuss an original composition or song from your portfolio.


Testing your ability to sight-read music helps us determine your basic musicianship skills. You will be provided with a piece of music and will be expected to play the melodic line. You can, and should, practice this before your audition. Music theory, music history, and keyboard performance are essential elements in any music curriculum. Study and preparation in these areas will also be a great advantage to you.


The audition committee will spend approximately 10 minutes asking questions related to your goals as a music educator, your prior experience, and other topics raised in the essay you submitted as part of your interview process. This helps us better get to know you and provides you with the opportunity to ask us questions, as well.