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Music and Performing Arts Professions

The Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions (MPAP) offers a supportive environment in which to explore interdisciplinary endeavors in Performance and Composition, Music Business and Arts Administration, Music Technology, Creative Arts Therapies, and Arts in Education. Together, students and faculty engage in professional, scholarly, and artistic practices that capture international attention and serve as models for progress.

Academic Programs


Pursue your passions and build your skills while studying with our renowned artist faculty in a supportive and challenging environment offering innovative coursework and unparalleled performance opportunities.

Music Business and Arts Administration

Build on your background in the creative arts by studying with top industry leaders who offer dedicated mentorship. Develop into an arts innovator who is ready to lead -- graduate with future-focused skills and strong career opportunities.

Arts Education and Therapy

Combine your love of music, drama, and dance with a career that is life-changing in the lives of students and clients. Create transformative educational opportunities and make a difference through opportunities that are culturally responsible, creative, and effective.

Music Composition and Technology

Be on the forefront of today’s creative technologies and learn from leading recording industry professionals.  Master your knowledge across a variety of media and collaborate with your peers on projects that build your skills and portfolio.

News and Events

Howie Singer and Bill Rosenblatt Pen New Book - Key Changes

Key Changes tells a new story about the history of the music business and the ten technological advances that disrupted it over the last century. Each of the technological innovations covered in this book not only disrupted the music business, but also fundamentally altered the industry’s character. And while the technologies themselves have evolved in unique and varied ways over the decades, the changes within the business follow a clear pattern.

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Miriam Roskin Berger Makes Forbes 50 Over 50 List

The Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions congratulates former Director of Dance Education Miriam Roskin Berger for being included on the Forbes 50 Over 50 list.

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PAA Faculty, Students, and Alumni Shine at AAAE Annual Conference

The Performing Arts Administration program was well represented at the Association of Arts Administration Educators’ (AAAE) annual conference on June 1-4, 2023.

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Cool Course Dispatch: Pop/Rock Ensemble

The fast-paced performance elective encourages thoughtful conversation around the historical context and stylistic hallmarks of various popular music genres.

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Five Faculty Receive Steinhardt’s Teaching Excellence Award

The Award honors outstanding teaching effectiveness both in and out of the classroom.

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Jameel Arts & Health Lab to Measure the Impact of the Arts on Health

With emphasis on equity, the Lab aims to radically improve global health through arts-related research and advocacy to drive policy implementation across 193 UN member states.

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Music Business Alumnus Xavier Jernigan is the Voice of Spotify's DJ Feature

Spotify launched a new way to curate and listen to music – and it has an NYU Steinhardt voice. Xavier Jernigan (MA '04), Director and Head of Cultural Partnerships at Spotify, is also the voice of the recently launched DJ feature.

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Robert Honstein Awarded Prestigious Andrew Imbrie Award

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded composer Robert Honstein (Program Director of Concert Composition) the prestigious Andrew Imbrie Award for his compositions. The award recognizes mid-career composers of great merit.

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Trumpeter Sophie Manoloff Takes Charge of Her Career

Sophie Manoloff is a Brass Studies alumna (BM ’21) and a professional trumpet player. In the short time since graduating, she has toured with Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof, appeared in a Harry Styles' video, and performed with her "hero" by chance.

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Susan Dodes Talks About Today's Music Business

Visiting Assistant Professor Susan Dodes is a seasoned music executive in the entertainment business. She shares insight into her career, NYU's Program in Music Business, and the exciting opportunities available within the music industry.

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Nancy Rico-Mineros Takes Music Technology by Storm

Nancy Rico-Mineros, third year Music Technology student, discusses her role with NYU’s radio station, serving on the panel of a non-profit founded by Alicia Keys, and more.

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Concert Composition Alumna Nyokabi Kariuki Releases EP Inspired by Childhood in Kenya

Nyokabi Kariuki  is a graduate of Concert Composition and a Kenyan composer and sound artist. Learn about her new EP, her experience performing in various settings, and her time at NYU Steinhardt.

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NYU Concert Composition students practicing in the Paulson Center

Music and Performing Arts Professions

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