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Pursue your career goals as a professional string musician by combining advanced solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire performance training and related academic study with performance opportunities throughout New York City. You'll work closely with our renowned faculty in weekly private lessons and participate in repertoire classes that focus on solo performance and pedagogy.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Music in Instrumental Performance with a Focus on String Studies

Full-time or Part-time
Start Date
Application Deadline
Start Date
Summer or Fall
Application Deadlines
Extended Deadline for International Students (Fall)
Extended Deadline for Domestic Students (Fall)

Tailor your curriculum toward your specific interests and musical goals through two core courses in music research and music history/literature; six courses in music performance, including various private instruction, ensemble, chamber music, workshop, repertoire, and string classes; and three elective courses in subjects such as music theory, performing arts administration, music business, music technology, and other related areas of interest. You will learn to analyze the performance practices, both historical and contemporary, informing the performance of repertoire from the 18th–21st centuries.

Live performance is a vital part of your education, and you'll have numerous opportunities to play, both within and beyond the NYU community. Our students regularly perform at venues in Greenwich Village and throughout New York City. While we offer the highest level of solo repertoire study, we also emphasize intensive training in chamber and orchestral repertoire. Our students form ensembles at the start of each semester, taught by renowned performance faculty, and often choose to remain together throughout their years at NYU and after graduation. Extraordinary performances with the NYU orchestras, as well as orchestras that perform for our musical theatre, opera, and dance productions, provide additional experiences that prepare students for careers in every aspect of string performance.

You will present a solo master's recital, usually in your final (third or fourth) semester. The recital experience includes a manageable research project that examines a piece or set of pieces on the recital program from the standpoint of music history, music theory/analysis, and/or performance practices.

You’ll get the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a high level of musical excellence, enabling you to pursue a career as a professional musician. You will demonstrate and apply entrepreneurial skills essential to the real and varied world of the music profession, including concert programming, grant writing, promotional/audience development, website design, and press releases. 

Whatever the career path you envision, whether a performer, teacher, researcher, or administrator, we will provide you with the expertise and opportunities necessary to realize your goals.


Professor Stephanie Baer:

Dr. Cyrus Beroukhim: