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PhD, Music Education: For College and University Faculty

Pursue a career as an innovative music educator, teaching at the college and university levels. You’ll study specialized research methodologies and perform and study with New York City’s finest performers and artist-teachers. 

If you’re a credentialed music therapist, you may choose a focus in Music Therapy to develop your research skills, either in service of an academic career or to be integrated into a clinical position.

Academic Plan Code: MUSE

Degree: PHD

Credits: 45

Academic Load: The time it takes for you to complete this program will vary, based on if you study full-time or part-time and the number of credits you register for each semester. Please be aware that some programs do not offer a part-time option. 

Application Deadlines
Fall: December 1

Program Information

Program Website | 212-998-5424

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

Résumé/CV

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.

Writing Sample

Please provide two examples of your writing, such as essays that were written for master's study, that best represent your ability to conduct scholarly research and writing.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

Schedule Your Interview

Interviews will be scheduled on an individual basis between January and February with the doctoral Music Education faculty. Contact Dr. Elise Sobol at 212 998-5778 or elise.sobol @nyu.edu with any questions. If you cannot interview in person, you may schedule a live video interview online. All materials must clearly indicate the applicant's name and NYU ID Number (if applicable), the program applied to, and the contents of the file. All submissions should be received by December 1 or as soon as possible after the submitted application.

Audition

An audition is required. All prospective doctoral students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Please contact Dr. Elise Sobol at elise.sobol@nyu.edu with any questions or for more information and to schedule an audition.

If you cannot audition in person, you may submit an audition video online. All materials must clearly indicate the applicant's name and NYU ID Number (if applicable), the program applied to, and the contents of the file. All submissions should be received by December 1 or as soon as possible after the submitted application.

  • Please prepare three pieces in contrasting styles.  

  • If you are a composer, provide recorded examples of your compositions and/or scores.

  • If you need an accompanist, please indicate this when you sign up for your audition (check the box on your audition form).

  • Bring the following to your audition:

    • A list of your repertoire

    • The names of teachers with whom you have studied

    • The repertoire (with composers) that you will be performing for the audition

    • Two examples of your writing (e.g., essays that were written for MA work that best represent your ability to conduct scholarly research and writing)

Transcripts

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.

GRE

Required. See testing requirements.

Proficiency in English

2. Apply

Application

Start your application now

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.

Application Fee

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 Policies

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

Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late March or early April for fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.