Combining intensive performance with related academic study, this master of music program prepares accomplished musicians for a career as a professional musician. You will study closely with renowned faculty and participate in numerous performance opportunities.
Degree Name: Instrumental Performance
Academic Plan Code: MUIP
Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.
Spring: October 1
Summer: January 6
Fall: January 6
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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 March 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
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
Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions on submitting letters of recommendation.
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.
If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.
Proficiency in English
See testing requirements.
String Audition Dates
- Friday, February 24-Sunday, February 26, 2023; audition for scholarship consideration
- Sunday, March 26, 2023 - final audition
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.
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 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.
Submit Your Prescreen Video
The program in String Studies requires a pre-screening video, to be submitted via the GetAcceptd, that is due no later than January 5th, 2023. Invitations to schedule a live audition will be sent no later than January 15th, 2023.
Prescreen Details and Requirements
Please prepare the following for your prescreen:
Violin, viola, and cello: a movement of Bach and a movement of a concerto
Bass and harp: two contrasting movements
Please note, it is not mandatory to have an accompanist for either the prescreen or the final video audition.
Remote or Video Auditions
If invited for a final audition, applicants will be asked if they would prefer to play for the faculty live via Zoom or to submit a final recorded video audition via the GetAcceptd protocol, accompanied by a live Zoom interview.
On Campus In-Person Auditions
NYU is currently following, and will continue to follow, the prevailing guidance from the CDC and the New York State and New York City Health Departments, and the advice of NYU’s medical consultants. While our full intention is to provide an option for in-person auditions for fully-vaccinated individuals, be advised that NYU reserves the right to adjust and/or cancel in-person auditions if public health circumstances change or evolve. For the latest information on NYU’s COVID actions and policies, please visit the NYU Returns hub.
To Request an On Campus In-Person Audition
- Request an in-person audition by filling out a request form.
- You and your guest will each receive an email from NYU Campus Safety with instructions to upload your proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
- Once approved to be on campus, you and your guest will be required to use the Daily Screener to enter NYU buildings on the day of your in-person audition. You must also bring a copy of your confirmation email from NYU Campus Safety.
- NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation email from NYU Campus Safety or cannot complete the Daily Screener, you will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings. If you are accompanied by a different, unapproved guest, that guest will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings. Unfortunately, nothing that can be done on the day of the audition to allow access if these situations occur.
Audition Details and Requirements
- A first or last movement from a standard concerto memorized
- Two movements of unaccompanied Bach memorized
- A twentieth-century composition
- A virtuosic solo piece
- Two movements of a major work from the concerto repertoire memorized
- Three movements from an unaccompanied Bach suite (originally for cello) or sonata or partitas (originally for violin) memorized
- One movement of a major work from the sonata repertoire
- A work or movement composed post-1960
- Two movements of a standard concerto memorized
- Three movements from a Bach suite memorized
- One movement of a sonata: Brahms, Beethoven, Shostakovich, or comparable work
- A work or movement composed post-1960
Double bass repertoire:
- First two movements of Dittersdorf, Koussevitzky, Vanhal, or Bottesini concerto, memorized
- Two movements of an unaccompanied Bach cello suite, memorized
Substitutions of equal level/ability may be made with a prior consultation with Professor Brandee Younger (email@example.com).
- One Schmidt étude
- Faure Impromptu or Chatelaine en sa Tour
- Contemporary piece of applicant's choice