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PhD, Music Performance and Composition: Composers

Conduct cutting-edge research in music and music composition, develop and complete a dissertation, and present a final recital of your compositions. Working closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers, you will create a highly personalized program of study tailored to your specific interests and goals.


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PhD in Music Performance and Composition: Composers

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Your program of study is distributed among courses in the foundations, cognate areas, advised research (including preparation for a recital), specialization, guided electives in private composition study and advanced computer music composition, a departmental content seminar in composition, and dissertation research and preparation. You will be able to personalize your program around your individual interests.

You'll be actively involved in the scheduling and performance of your own works, in concerts and readings by NYU performance groups in residence, school performing ensembles, as well as chamber groups specially hired for specific composition concerts. You will have countless opportunities to collaborate with performers, dancers, actors, and multimedia applications. Within our department, there are very active collaborations with the Music Technology, Jazz Studies, and Instrumental and Vocal Performance programs. In addition, we collaborate often with musicians and other artists in New York City.

Through our department's weekly Composers Forum, you'll have the opportunity to meet and work with world-renowned composers and performers and attend highlights in the New York City new music concert season.

You must have a master's degree in order to be considered for admission to this program.


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


Funding for Full-Time PhD Students

NYU Steinhardt offers a competitive funding package for PhD students who study full time. Learn more about our funding opportunities.


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