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
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 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
You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.
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.
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.
See testing requirements.
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.
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.
Prescreen Recordings and Auditions
Submit Your Prescreen Recording
All students are required to submit an online prescreen recording.
Prescreen Recording Deadline
Prescreen recordings are due December 1, 2019.
Prescreen Recording Details and Requirements
Please prepare the following for your prescreen recording:
- Violin, viola, and cello: a movement of Bach and a movement of a concerto
- Bass and harp: two contrasting movements
You will receive an email notification that your materials have been received. After those materials have been reviewed you will be contacted if additional information is required.
Schedule Your Audition
We will contact you if we want to schedule an in-person audition. Applicants who are not able to come to the live auditions must submit their audition recording online; the deadline is February 25, 2020. The audition recording must include all of the required repertoire. Please contact Professor Baer (MPAP-String-Studies@nyu.edu) prior to submitting your material.
February 28–March 1, 2020
Audition Details and Requirements
- Audition music for the accompanist, who will be provided
- Your resume
- Two copies of the contemporary, twentieth-century, or post-1960 work for the jury
- 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
- A complete 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 Prof. Bridget Kibbey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- One Schmidt étude
- Faure Impromptu or Chatelaine en sa Tour
- Contemporary piece of applicant's choice