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Combining intensive performance with related academic study, this master of music program prepares accomplished musicians for a career in professional music performance or music research. You will study closely with renowned faculty and participate in numerous performance opportunities. A concentration in Jazz Instrumental Performance is also available.

Degree Name: Instrumental Performance

Academic Plan Code: MUIP

Degree: MM

Credits: 36

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

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.

1. Prepare Your Application

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.


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. See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English

An audition is required. We prefer that you schedule a live audition. If you are unable to audition in person, you should submit an audition video online via GetAcceptd. After you create a GetAcceptd account, you can complete your application and upload any required materials.

All prospective students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. See the Auditions section for details on what to prepare.

2. Apply


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.

Prescreen Recordings and Auditions

Schedule Your Audition

Upon submitting your application and materials, contact Professor Jonathan Haas immediately at to schedule your audition date and time.

If you cannot travel to New York or attend a regional audition, you may choose to submit your audition video through GetAcceptd. However, you must notify Professor Haas that this is your intention.

Also, if you are unable to attend any of the audition dates but still want to audition live, additional dates can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with Professor Haas.

Audition Dates

Sunday, February 9, 2020, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, February 10, 2020, starting at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, February 24, 2020, starting at 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Friday, February 28, 2020, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2020, starting at 4:00 p.m.

Audition Details and Requirements

Your experience will include an individual audition in which you will perform select solo compositions for the NYU Steinhardt faculty, followed by the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the NYU Steinhardt Percussion Chamber Music Ensemble.

We would like to have the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session regarding your goals and interests. This is also a great time for you to ask us any questions you may have about the Percussion Studies Program and studying at NYU.

Auditions may include ear testing and sight-reading.


  • Marimba
    • One major work from the four mallet solo marimba repertoire
  • Snare drum
    • One solo from the Delecluse 12 Etudes of applicant’s choosing
  • Timpani
    • One Carter Solo of applicant’s choosing
  • Multi solo
    • One solo from the major percussion repertoire of applicant’s choosing
  • Orchestra excerpts: 
    • One major work each, of applicant’s choosing, for
      • Xylophone
      • Snare drum
      • Timpani
  • Chamber music
    • Metric Lips (Marimba 1) (Applicants will have the opportunity to play this piece with members of the Percussion Chamber Music Ensemble.)

Timpani Focus Audition Details and Requirements

  • We would like to have the opportunity to engage in a question and answer session regarding your goals and interests. This is also a great time for you to ask us any questions you may have about the Percussion Studies Program and studying at NYU.
  • Auditions may include ear testing and sight-reading.
  • You must provide your own mallets for the audition, and tune using a tuning fork(s). The following will be provided at the audition: 4 Adams Dresden Classic timpani (American configuration), a height-adjustable stool, and stick trays.


  • Bartok-Concerto-IV_intermezzo:m.42-51
  • Beethoven-9-I-3_coda:m.513-end
  • Brahms-1-IV-4_coda:m.375-end
  • Martin-Concerto-III_6th[18]-8th[22]
  • Mozart-39-I-1_opening:m.1-22
  • Tchaikovsky-4-I-2_4b[T]-[V]

Audition Dates

Saturday, January 18, 2020, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020, starting at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 23, 2020, starting at 12:00 p.m.
Friday, January 31, 2020, starting at 10:00 a.m.

If you are unable to attend any of the audition dates but still want to audition live, additional dates can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis with Professors Haas and Statser.