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.
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.
Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.
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.
See testing requirements.
The impact of COVID-19 has complicated the 2020-21 audition cycle. Please note that there will be some changes regarding the audition process. All final auditions for either Spring or Fall 2021 will be video submissions. Applicants must upload audition videos with the required repertoire to GetAcceptd. Audio-only recordings are not accepted for either prescreen or final auditions. As part of your audition experience, you will be invited to participate in a live interaction/interview with members of the string faculty via Zoom.
Please contact MPAP-String-Studies@nyu.edu with any questions.
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.
Submit Your Prescreen Video
All prospective graduate students are required to submit an online prescreen video via GetAcceptd.
Prescreen Deadline: Prescreen videos are due December 1, 2020.
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.
Invitations for final audition/interviews will be sent out no later than January 10, 2021.
Monday, February 15, 2021: Final video auditions due
Week of February 15, 2021: Zoom interviews
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 Prof. Bridget Kibbey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- One Schmidt étude
- Faure Impromptu or Chatelaine en sa Tour
- Contemporary piece of applicant's choice