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Master of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Concert Music

Develop your skills as a composer in a conservatory-like setting, working closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers. Specialize in traditional composition, electronic composition, composing for film, or music theatre. You will be actively involved in the performance of your work, collaborating with composers, musicians, and other artists at NYU and throughout New York City.

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Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition

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You’ll complete course work in music research, music history/literature, and music composition. Through elective courses, you may tailor your curriculum toward your specific interests and musical goals. Elective courses include Scoring Techniques, Advanced Instrumental Conducting, and Advanced Computer Music: Synthesis and Composition.

You'll be actively involved in the scheduling and performance of your own works, in concerts and readings by NYU performance groups in residence and school performing ensembles, as well as chamber groups hired for composition concerts. 

You will also have countless opportunities to collaborate with performers, dancers, actors, and multimedia applications. Within our department, there are very active collaborations with the Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Instrumental and Vocal Performance programs. In addition, we regularly collaborate with musicians and other artists in New York City.

Through our department's weekly Composers Forum, you'll have the opportunity to 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 gain musical, technical, and interpersonal skills through immersion in the profession.


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