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PhD, Music Education: For College and University Faculty

This research-based doctoral degree will prepare you to pursue a career as an innovative music educator teaching at the college and university levels. You’ll study specialized research methodologies and theoretical development, and work closely with leading New York City artist-teachers who are top educators, composers, and commercial and symphonic performers both here in New York City and around the world.

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PhD in Music Education: For College and University Faculty

Full-time or Part-time

A Flexible PhD Program Tailored to Your Areas of Interest

Throughout your doctoral degree, you’ll gain a thorough grounding in the significant historical and current issues and developing paradigms in music education. You’ll also study specialized research methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method focuses) as you conceptualize your research ideas and interests, develop a proposal, and complete your dissertation.

You will be able to personalize your program around your individual interests, as well as participate in a variety of performing ensembles and chamber groups directed by leading New York artists.

Work Closely with Faculty on Your Research Interests

As a doctoral student at Steinhardt, you'll join a warm, supportive learning community and be mentored closely by our renowned faculty. You will conduct innovative research in music education and design, then complete and defend a theoretically grounded dissertation under the guidance of your faculty advisor. 


Upon graduation, you’ll be well positioned to take on a position as a professor, researcher, departmental and school administrator, and other leadership roles in higher education.

Funding for Full-Time PhD Students

If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student without an alternate funding source, you are eligible for our generous funding package, which includes a scholarship and tuition remission. Learn more about our funding opportunities.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Noreen Goldberg at

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