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BM, Music Technology

All prospective and transfer students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before submitting an artistic portfolio. Apply for undergraduate study.

If you are a current NYU student interested in the Music Technology Program, please review the information for internal transfer students.

Submit Your Artistic Portfolio

The artistic portfolio provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your musical skills and talent. Although it is not necessary for you to be an advanced performer to enter the Music Technology Program, a basic level of musicianship is required. Shortly after you submit the Common Application you will receive a personalized link to the Artistic Review Portal to submit your materials. We recommend that you submit your Common Application one month prior to the posted admissions deadlines to ensure a smooth submission process of all required materials.

For your artistic portfolio, use the best-quality video and audio recording devices available to you. If you are using built-in recording features on a cell phone, tablet, or computer to record, please do so in a quiet and well-lit space. Please submit three work samples that show the breadth of your interest in music and technology as well as a document describing each work sample. Additionally, you must submit a resumé as a separate PDF. Note that the maximum file size that can be uploaded is 5GB, however, you may optionally submit a link to an external website that is hosting your file (see below).

  • Sample #1 should be recorded as if you are at a "live" audition. It should be a video recording of you doing a musical performance in any style you like, using any instruments you can play and/or your voice. Start Sample #1 by stating your full name, the date, and the program and degree you are applying for (Music Technology). We strongly encourage you to perform in the musical idiom that best represents your sincere musical interests and background, and welcome performances that draw from all musical cultures and styles. If you are familiar enough with music production to make this a professional-sounding recording, that would be ideal, but for this sample we really would like to hear what you sound like as a musician, and so acoustic or amplified electric instruments and singing are preferable to a purely "digital" laptop performance. Note: this should not be an overdubbed recording; this type of performance can be submitted as Sample #2 or #3.
  • Samples #2 and #3 can include examples of music you've recorded, composed, and/or performed; a personal website; examples of technology you've developed (e.g., programming, electronics); or anything else that highlights your skills in music, music technology, or STEM. If you are submitting a website link, upload it as a separate PDF file containing a clickable link.
  • Please title each file using the following rules:
    NYU [Program Name] Sample #[number]: your name, date
    Example: NYU Music Technology Sample #1: Jane Smith, 1/1/2020
  • Portfolio Description: Additionally, you must submit a PDF with a brief description of each of your submitted samples. In this document, you must list each sample by number followed by text describing what each sample contains. Tell us a little about the context of these samples: if we're listening to a recording, whether you were the producer, engineer, performer, composer, or a combination of roles. If we are looking at a piece of software you've created, what does it do, and what programming language did you make it in?
  • Resumé: In addition to the materials listed above, you must also submit a resumé in PDF format.

Artistic Portfolio Deadlines

  • November 1: Fall early decision I and Spring transfer applicants (internal and external)
  • January 1: Fall early decision II
  • January 5: Fall regular decision
  • March 1: Internal Fall transfer applicants
  • April 1: External Fall transfer applicants