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In association with the Vocal Performance program, we provide pianists with performance opportunities and practical collaborative experience in orchestral playing, score reading, audition and rehearsal playing, vocal ensemble preparation, and building leadership skills at the piano through work with the NYU Broadway Orchestra, mainstage musical productions, chamber opera, New Student Spotlight, repertoire classes, and recitals. Degree recitals focus on a broad range of musical theatre ensemble and solo repertoire, emphasizing creative collaboration across multiple musical and other artistic genres.

A concentration in Solo Piano Performance is also available.

Degree Name: Piano Performance: Collaborative Piano

Academic Plan Code: MUPP

Academic Sub-Plan CodeCPI 

Degree: MM

Credits: 39

 

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

Application Deadlines
Spring: n/a
Summer: n/a
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 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 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
Pre-Screening Materials

Students applying for Collaborative Piano are required to submit pre-screening videos prior to being invited to a live audition. All pre-screening submissions must be uploaded to GetAcceptd by January 6. 

See pre-screening instructions and requirements.

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 early April for Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.

Pre-Screening Instructions and Requirements

Master's students applying for Collaborative Piano are required to submit a video pre-screening submission prior to being invited to a live audition. In this process, you will make short videos and upload them to GetAcceptd

Rather than a single long video, we would like six separate clips: the introduction and one video for each of the five songs. 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.

Introduction:

  • Please clearly say your name, the city you are from, and the titles of the songs that you are going to play.
  • Include the concentration for which you are auditioning (Collaborative Piano) and the degree level you would be entering (master's).

Five (5) musical theatre songs, one from each of the following categories:

  • Groove
  • Ballad
  • Pop-Rock
  • Golden Age
  • One song from one of the following composers: George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Leonard Bernstein

After uploading the pre-screening submission, your materials will be reviewed by our faculty. If, following the review, we require an in-person audition, you will be sent an email invitation, with several choices of dates on which to appear. The review process can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks. If you are invited to an audition, you must prepare materials according to the guidelines below.

Required Audition Repertoire 

Seven (7) selections must be prepared:

  • Two (2) contrasting solos of the applicant's choice, from the classical or musical theatre repertoire
  • One (1) musical theatre song from each of the following categories:
    • Groove
    • Ballad
    • Pop-Rock
    • Golden Age
  • One song from one of the following composers: George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Leonard Bernstein

Students will be required to sight-read two songs and play from a lead sheet/chord chart improvising the groove and feel of the song.

Audition Dates

The audition dates are February 24 and 28, 2020, 2–6pm.

Please note: Master's students who audition by February 28 are considered for a combination of Steinhardt School and department scholarships. However, master's students who audition after that date are only considered for departmental scholarships. Steinhardt School scholarships are distributed immediately after the February auditions.