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MM, Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

Prepare for a career in composing for the screen while developing your skills in music production, music editing, orchestrating, mixing, and engineering. You’ll receive intensive professional training that combines practice, theory, and industry immersion with opportunities to work closely with renowned composers, music editors, orchestrators, publishers, and other industry professionals.

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Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition: Screen Scoring

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Your curriculum includes core courses in research, music theory, and music history and literature; composition seminars; classes in film music; our Composers Forum; and private composition studies. Electives are available in computer music, conducting, music technology and production, songwriting, music theory and cognition, music business, and game audio. You’ll master the use of industry-standard software, sample libraries, synthesizers, and audio processors.

You will have the opportunity to build your screen scoring portfolio by recording with different ensembles, from hybrid sessions with virtuosic soloists to string and symphonic orchestras featuring first-call New York City musicians. You will also have multiple opportunities to have your concert works performed in concerts, residencies, and readings by NYU performance groups, such as the NYUO1 orchestra and NYU Percussion Ensemble.

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with student filmmakers from the Tisch School of the Arts’ Maurice Kanbar Film Institute, School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University. Over the years, our students have scored over a thousand films in collaboration with Tisch, many of which have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, Tribeca, and Toronto International Film Festival.

In addition to providing a well-rounded and professional education, NYU Steinhardt's Screen Scoring program presents a broad variety of workshops, conferences, and professional opportunities for composers and scholars. You'll participate in our weekly Composers Forum and FRIDAY@1:00 series, where you will meet and share your work with composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Mark Suozzo at or Ron Sadoff at


Our students work with filmmakers in a variety of different contexts forging many successful and long-lasting relationships.

Recording and Performance

Students participate in recording sessions that serve as our laboratory for current scoring practices.

Screen Scoring Summer Workshops

Hone your skills in scoring for TV, film, advertising, or videogames at one of our summer workshops in the epicenter of the global music and film industries, NYC.

Friday@1 Series

Our Friday@1 series presents conversations with some of the most renowned composers, songwriters, publishers, and industry executives in New York City and beyond.

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