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MM, Jazz Instrumental Performance

Located in one of the world’s centers for jazz music, this master of music program combines advanced performance training and related academic coursework with unparalleled opportunities in the music industry. You’ll perform weekly at landmark music venues, study with internationally acclaimed artists, learn new concepts for distributing your music, and build a professional career in the modern jazz industry. 

Concentrations in Instrumental Performance without a focus on jazz are also available: explore the brass, strings, percussion, and woodwind concentrations.

Academic Plan Code: MUIP

Academic Sub-Plan Code: JIP

Degree: MM

Credits: 36

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

Application Deadlines
Fall: January 6
Spring: October 1

Program Information

Program Website | 212-998-5424

Admissions 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.

All Fall semester performance applicants who wish to be considered for talent-based scholarship awards must submit their application materials by January 6. Once deadlines have passed, you may be considered for admission on a space-available basis and for talent-based scholarships if funds remain available. US students should also file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 to be considered for student loans and other school-based scholarships.

 

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

Résumé/CV

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.

Transcripts

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.

GRE

Not required.

Proficiency in English
Audition Materials

You must submit an online audition video recording in the Portfolio section of your online application with the required repertoire: four selections of your choice that demonstrate the breadth and range of your work and a command of the jazz language. There are no live, on-campus graduate auditions.

The audition committee is looking to establish your proficiency. Please make sure your video features you as the soloist. Make sure that at the beginning of the video you:

  • State your name and instrument clearly

  • State if you are auditioning for the graduate or undergraduate program at NYU

After you complete the video audition recording, post your audition video on YouTube and set up an unlisted link. Please see “YouTube Video Submission Instructions” section below for details.


Fill out the information sheet for Jazz Studies submission of recorded materials. Include only this sheet with your submission as an attachment to your YouTube video submission. Please do not include additional information.

YouTube Video Submission Instructions

What is an unlisted video?

An unlisted video is a different type of private video. "Unlisted" means that only people who know the link to the video can view it. This is the department’s preference.

How do I create an unlisted video?

You can choose to make any of your uploads an unlisted video in your YouTube Account settings. Here’s how:

  1. Sign into your YouTube Account

  2. Go to your My Videos page

  3. Select the video which you’d like to make an unlisted video. Click the “Edit” button to access the video’s settings.

  4. Go to the Privacy section of the page. There you’ll see the option to mark you video as “unlisted,” “public,” or “private.” Select unlisted.

  5. Don’t forget to click the “Save Changes” button. Once you’ve done this your video will be an unlisted video.

How do I title and submit the video?

Please use this structure to title your video: NYU JAZZ Audition: Your last name, instrument, degree level 

Example: NYU Jazz Audition: Smith, trumpet, UNDERGRADUATE

Please test the link before you submit it. You can log out of YouTube and send the link to a second email address you may have or to a family member to test. 

Once you have confirmed that the link is correct, upload it to the Portfolio section of your application.

2. Apply

Application

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

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.