In this dual-degree program, you will earn a master of music in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Musical Theatre and a post-master’s advanced certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. Study one-on-one with renowned faculty, receive intensive training in voice, diction, and action, and build a vocal repertoire for teaching.
Read the Gainful Employment Disclosure to learn more about job placement rates and how long it takes to complete the advanced certificate program. A dual-degree program in Classical Voice and Vocal Pedagogy is also available.
Academic Plan Code: MVPR
Academic Sub-Plan Code: MTH
Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.
Fall: January 6
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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 and complete their audition by the first weekend of March. 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 domestic applicants only. If you are an international student, please see 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.
Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.
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.
See testing requirements.
By invitation, based on pre-screen.
You are required to submit pre-screening materials to GetAcceptd. The deadline to submit these materials is the same as the application deadline.
Rather than a single long video, please upload three separate videos to GetAcceptd as part of your pre-screening materials: the introduction, the first song, and the second song. It’s easier for us to review and easier for you to shoot. We will not be influenced by the professional quality of the video. Please do not worry about any elaborate lighting or studio conditions.
- Introduction: Please say your name clearly, the date, the city you are from, and the songs that you are going to sing. Say the specialization for which you are auditioning (classical voice) and the degree level you would be entering (master's, advanced certificate).
- Your two songs: Your two selections should be complete and contrasting songs. Each selection should be no longer than four minutes. One of your songs must be in English and the other in Italian, German, or French. Piano must accompany you (no a capella singing). Please make sure your voice can be heard above the accompaniment. You may want to try different distances from the sound source until you find the right balance between piano and voice.
- Teaching Sample: Please upload a 10-15 minute video of you facilitating a voice lesson. The singer can be at any skill level. Position the camera so it captures you fully in the frame; capture as much of the singer as possible. Please demonstrate your piano proficiency while vocalizing the singer. This video is essentially a vignette of how you would vocalize a singer in the first 10-15 minutes of a voice lesson.
- Upload a résumé. This is in addition to the résumé/CV that you will submit as part of the online application. This résumé should reflect a more performance focus to your body of experience. Think “performance résumé” instead of “academic résumé.”
- Upload a headshot or photograph.
After you upload these pre-screening materials, we will notify you that they have been received. After we review the materials, we will contact you with more information.
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 recommendations, 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.