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Bachelor of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Contemporary Production and Songwriting

Write and develop your songs, receive feedback from professional songwriters, and collaborate with other lyricists and composers. You’ll benefit from one-on-one, private lessons with faculty members while you complete rigorous academic studies in both music and liberal arts.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition (concentration in Contemporary Production and Songwriting)

Full-time or Part-time
Start Date
Application Deadlines
Fall Early Decision 1
Fall Early Decision 2
Fall Regular Decision
Fall Internal Transfer Applications
Fall Transfer Applications

You will complete a range of liberal arts core courses, as well as music core courses (music theory, music history, aural comprehension, and keyboard skills), and music specialization courses, working closely with renowned composition faculty. 

You'll take courses in songwriting history and criticism, studio production skills and techniques, the business structure of the music industry, recording technology, and related fields, while learning how to use industry-standard music technology. 

You'll also participate in the Songwriters Forum, a seminar geared toward developing the art and craft of writing popular songs. In addition, you’ll benefit from one-on-one, private lessons with members of our outstanding faculty.

You will have multiple opportunities to have your concert works performed in concerts, residencies, and readings by NYU performance groups. You'll collaborate with performers, dancers, and actors in NYU Steinhardt's Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Instrumental and Vocal Performance programs, as well as with other New York City musicians and artists. 

You'll also participate in our weekly Composers Forum, where you will meet and work with world-renowned composers and performers, prepare two student showcases per semester, and attend highlights in the New York City new music concert season.

You'll have the unique opportunities to study music abroad at NYU Prague or NYU Paris, receiving specialized music training in music composition, music history and theory, music performance, and other related topics of study.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Phil Galdston at

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Learn from acclaimed faculty and industry professionals this summer in an intensive two-week seminar dedicated to the art and craft of creating words and music and the ideal marriage of both.

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