Pursue a career as an innovative music educator. In this master of arts program, you will take a wide range of courses in applied music, theory, and pedagogy, learning contemporary methods for teaching music in schools.
This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial teaching certification as a teacher of music in all grades (PK–12). During your course of study, you must complete one semester of fieldwork and two semesters of supervised student teaching at NYU-affiliated New York City schools.
A non-certification degree in Music Education is also available.
Degree Name: Music Education: Teaching Music, All Grades: Initial Certification
Academic Plan Code: MUSA
Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.
Spring: October 1
Summer: January 6
Fall: January 6
Program Website | 212-998-5424
You must have completed the following content core requirements for your intended teaching certification area, as regulated by the New York State Education Department, prior to enrollment:
- 36 semester hours of music
- 3 semester hours of a language other than English. American Sign Language is acceptable.
See more on content core requirements.
Basic competence in music history and theory is a prerequisite for all graduate degree programs in music. Entering graduate students are required to take advisory exams in both areas prior to arrival; placements will be determined by interpreting the exam results in light of your educational background and the degree program for which you are enrolled. Remedial courses cannot be used to meet degree requirements.
The Admissions Committee performs a full transcript review to evaluate courses appearing on all college transcripts. Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP credits are included in the review. Therefore, it is important to provide official transcripts from all institutions attended. Failure to provide an official transcript from institutions listed on your current transcript as transfer credits will significantly delay the application process.
Any deficiencies in the teacher certification core content requirements may be fulfilled by enrolling in college-level courses at any accredited college or by completing approved CLEP exams. Courses must bear academic credit and show a grade, equivalent to "C" or better for consideration. Pass/Fail courses are not considered. See more information about CLEP exams.
Unfortunately, NYU Steinhardt cannot perform a transcript review prior to you applying to our program. Transcripts will be reviewed in detail, as part of the application process, by the Admissions Committee.
We review all applications individually and holistically, but our expectation is that successful candidates for admission to any NYU Steinhardt MA program in teacher education will have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average.
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.
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.
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.
New York State requires that candidates for teacher education and educational leadership programs leading to certification submit standardized test scores as part of the application process.
Applicants to this program must submit official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) by the application deadline.
As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic and personal qualifications to be a teacher or school leader. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT.
See testing requirements.
You will schedule your required audition after submitting your application. Please reach out to Elise Sobol at 212-998-5778 or email@example.com with any questions and firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your audition.
Spring Transfers: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020
Saturday, February 8, 2020
If you cannot audition in person, you may submit an audition video online. All materials must clearly indicate the applicant's name and NYU ID Number (if applicable), the program applied to, and the contents of the file.
Please prepare two pieces in contrasting styles.
If you are a composer, provide recorded examples of your compositions and/or scores.
If you need an accompanist, please indicate this when you sign up for your audition (check the box on your audition form).
Bring the following to your audition:
A list of your repertoire
The names of teachers with whom you have studied
The repertoire (with composers) that you will be performing for the audition
An example of your writing (e.g., an essay you have written for an undergraduate course)
In the list of drop down programs in the online application, be sure to select:
"Music Education: Teaching Music, All Grades: Initial Certification - MUSA-MA"
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.
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.
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.
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 recommendation, by the application deadline.
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.