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MA, Teaching Music, Grades Pre-K–12: Initial Certification

We are suspending applications for admission while undergoing program revision. Please check back for information on future admissions at a later time. 

Degree Name: Music Education: Teaching Music, All Grades: Initial Certification

Academic Plan Code: MUSA

Degree: MA

Credits: 41

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

Application Deadlines
Spring: October 1
Summer: January 6
Fall: January 6

Program Information
Program Website | 212-998-5424

Admissions Requirements

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.

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

Not required.


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.

If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.

See detailed instructions.


Effective November 18, 2021,  the GRE or MAT is NOT Required.

Proficiency in English
Portfolio Materials

You should submit your required audition, teaching demo and writing sample via the portfolio section of the online application. 

What to submit:

  • Audition
    • Please prepare two pieces in contrasting styles.
    • Selections should generally be no longer than four minutes each.
    • Please be sure to state the pieces in your video clearly with title and composer.
    • If you are a composer, provide recorded examples of your compositions and/or scores.
    • Finally, please save your video in the format “Last Name_First Name_Audition”
  • Teaching Demo
    • Please prepare a 5 minute lesson that illustrates your teaching skills and also demonstrates reaching an inclusive classroom.
    • Please save your video as “Last Name_First Name_TeachDemo”
  • Writing Sample
    • Prepare the following as a single document:
      • A list of your repertoire as a performer
      • The names of teachers with whom you have studied
      • An example of your writing with APA citation demonstrating your reflective and critical thinking 
        • Double spaced
        • Minimum 500-1000 words
      • Be sure to save the one document including all these materials in the format “Last Name_First Name_Samples”

Once you have submitted the application, we will reach out to schedule your interview, which will also consist of some sight reading. Dates are listed below.

Spring 2021 Applicants: Friday, November 13, 2020
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Fall/Summer 2021 Applicants: Saturday, February 6, 2021

Please reach out to with any questions.

2. Apply


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"

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.

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 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.