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PhD, Music Performance and Composition: Performers

Note: The points listed for represents the minimum points for the degree. Additional points may be required as the result of Placement and Candidacy Exams.

Degree program



All students are required to complete 6 credits (two courses) of coursework in foundations during their first 24 credits of doctoral study. Graduate courses qualify for the foundations requirement when they are upper division courses (NYU Steinhardt 2000-level courses or their equivalent in other schools) and designed to broaden students' access to knowledge outside of the areas of specialization. To this end, courses are considered foundational when they: (1) provide broad basic content, not limited to a single profession, and are outside the student's specialization, and do not require prerequisites; (2) are based on current scholarship in the arts, humanities, sciences and/or social sciences; and (3) have wide applicability to common issues of the student's specialization and profession.
6 points
Specialized Research Methodology 3 points
Cognates (course related to but not in specialization)
A cognate is defined as a course outside of the student's specialization or a course that combines music with another academic discipline.
6 points
Departmental Content Seminar (Chamber Music) 3 points
Dissertation Proposal Seminar 3 points
Advised Research Courses
Research courses by advisement should be related to the student's proposed topic or area of research interest. These courses should be carefully selected to ensure that the student has the appropriate skills and expertise to conduct research and analysis necessary to write the dissertation.
15 points
Two Recitals (Seminar in Music) 4 points
Applied Study (private lessons) 6-12 points
Guided Electives 3 points
Minimum Points  49-55 points  

Courses and plan of study should be discussed with the students' adviser.